Astana seeking compensation from Fabio Aru after UAE Team Emirates move, says Vinokourov

Alexander Vinokourov says team will seek damages after being left without a lead rider for 2018

Fabio Aru after winning stage five of the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov has said that the team will be seeking damages from Fabio Aru after he left for fellow WorldTour team UAE Team Emirates.

Italian champion Aru will leave the Kazakh team for UAE after agreeing a three-year deal that was announced in October, but Vinokourov says they will begin legal action over the transfer.

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Richard Windsor

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