Exhausted Fabio Aru seeking redemption at Vuelta a España after disastrous Giro d'Italia

The Italian champion will not return at the Tour de France after suffering through the Giro d'Italia

Fabio Aru struggles up the Monte Zoncolan during the 2018 Giro d'Italia (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) will skip the Tour de France after abandoning the Giro d'Italia empty, aiming instead for the Vuelta a España later this summer.

The Italian champion began the Giro d'Italia in May as a favourite but never showed the form that had won him the 2015 Vuelta a España or that allowed him to win a stage and wear the yellow jersey in the 2017 Tour de France.

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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.