'I really don’t know what is happening to me': Fabio Aru left in shock after Tour de France abandonment

The Italian gave a brutally honest assessment of the situation that forced him to abandon the Tour in the Pyrenees

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Former Vuelta a España winner Fabio Aru says he cannot explain the surprise physical capitulation that forced him to abandon stage nine of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees.

A fast and frantic start to the stage couldn't have helped, but the Italian was struggling from the off, riding in front of the broomwagon before relenting and abandoning the race.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).