Fabio Aru to make Grand Tour comeback at Tour de France after successful surgery

The Italian missed the Giro d'Italia after undergoing surgery for a constructed iliac artery in his leg

Fabio Aru on stage nine of the Tour de Suisse 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Fabio Aru will return to Grand Tour racing after undergoing surgery for a constructed iliac artery in his leg as he heads up the UAE Team Emirates squad heading to the 2019 Tour de France.

The Italian will return to the race for the first time since finishing 5th in the 2017 edition and will be hoping to ride better than his 21st place at the recent Tour de Suisse, where he made his return to racing following the operation.

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