4 September 2015
Fabio Aru. He was born on the 3rd of July, 1990. He was raised on the island Sardinia and started with cycling in 2005. Aru is one of the riders of ‘the new generation’. He likes to compare himself to Bardet, Pinot and Kwiatkowski, all of the same age. He says that his generation is learning from the mistakes made in the past. According to Aru, he and other riders of his age have a great fighting spirit. The new generation has a strong desire of working and Aru thinks that this will pay off sooner or later. His hero in cycling was and still is Alberto Contador. At the age of 17, Aru saw Contador claiming his first Tour de France victory. Aru was inspired by the motivated and strong ride of Contador. During the season of 2012 he signed a contract at the Astana Proteam. A year later he started in the Giro d’Italia and helped Vincenzo Nibali in the mountains. A year later he started again in the Giro. Scarponi was supposed to be the team leader, but Aru was better than him. He won the mountain stage to the Montecampione, his first professional victory. Quintana was too strong for him in the mountains, but he ended on the third place overall. Later that year he became fifth in the Vuelta, with two stage wins uphill. He even outsprinted Froome in one of his wins.
With high hopes from the fans in 2015, he started in the Giro d’Italia again. With great confidence he attacked his ‘hero’ Contador in the mountains. In stage 13 Contador was held up. Aru took over the pink jersey. His first pink jersey. For only one day. The next day there was a time trial. Aru lost more than two minutes on Contador. His revenge was two emotional stage wins in the last week of the Giro, but it was not enough to get the pink jersey back. At this moment he is riding his fifth Grand Tour. At the age of 25. A pure climber. People compare him to Bahamontes and Coppi. A few days ago, in one of the hardest stages of the year, he attacked the red jersey with success. He is on his way to claim his first Grand Tour victory. He is on his way to become Italy’s new hope.
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