Fabio Aru apologises to Ernesto Colnago over reaction to Vuelta crash

Aru crashed on a descent on stage 17 of the Vuelta, and could be heard on television criticising his Colnago bicycle

Fabio Aru shows his injuries from a crash on stage 17 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Italian Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) apologised to famous bicycle builder Ernesto Colnago overnight for his comments after crashing in the Vuelta a España's stage 17.

"Cazzo di bici!" Aru yelled several times after crashing in a curve. The television camera had immediately stopped with Aru and picked up the phrase – sh*t bike! – for all viewers to hear. Aru added the rear derailleur had blocked, yelling at team manager Joxean Fernández Matxin.

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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.