Fabio Aru achieves the impossible to take Vuelta a España to the wire

The Vuelta could barely be closer after Astana leader stays within touch of Tom Dumoulin after a time trial performance that few thought he had in him

Fabio Aru (Astana) puts in an extraordinary performance on stage 17 of the 2015 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The smiles at the Astana team bus were as wide as if they had won the stage today in the Vuelta a España.

Team leader Fabio Aru warmed down on his bike, grinning between sips from his water bottle, after he rode the time trial of his life at Burgos to keep this pulsating Grand Tour in the balance.

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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.