'Nibali offered a good piece of advice...we’re all hoping Fabio Aru can still start the Giro d'Italia'

Fabio Aru's teammate Michele Scarponi says he hopes his Astana leader can still recover for the Giro start in Sardinia

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

It was a day of firsts for Michele Scarponi. He took Astana’s first victory of the season, his first success in their sky blue colours and, surprisingly as he has won the Giro del Trentino in the past, his first stage victory at what is now the Tour of the Alps.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.