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Fabio Aru switches focus to Tour de France; due to return at Dauphine

Cyclist magazine
16 May 2017

Fabio Aru to return to racing at Criterium du Dauphine, 2 months after suffering a knee injury

Fabio Aru will make a return to racing at the Criterium du Dauphine, two months after suffering a knee injury sustained from a training crash. 

While initial reports said that Aru had suffered no serious injury, the Italian soon dropped out of the impending Giro d'Italia, announcing that he had indeed been dealt more than a minor bruise.

Now, talking to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov has said that after recovering from the injury, Aru partook in a high-altitude training camp with his teammate Jakob Fuglsang, and will make a return to racing at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The change in schedule means that Aru's new goal for the season is the Tour de France - a race in which he finished 13th last year - and as a result the Dauphine is being treated strictly as a training race.

After the Dauphine, he will continued his Tour preparation with the Route du Sud and the Italian national championships, making for an intense June ahead of the Tour start in July on July 1st.

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