Fabio Aru cancels Giro d'Italia plans due to crash and knee injury

Astana Grand Tour leader Fabio Aru forced to shelve plans to contest the 2017 Giro d'Italia after a crash in training

Fabio Aru.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Italian Grand Tour contender Fabio Aru will not race the 100th Giro d’Italia, starting on May 5 on his home island of Sardinia, due to a crash in training last week and ongoing knee pain.

The 2015 Vuelta a España champion fell on the roads in Sierra Nevada, Spain, at an altitude camp nine days ago. He posted on Twitter a photo of his swollen left knee on Saturday and his Astana team shortly after released details of the incident. They said an MRI confirmed no fractures.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.