Fabio Aru, who is not feeling well enough, has withdrawn from the Tour de France with his team Qhubeka Assos. The former winner of the Vuelta is replaced by Carlos Barbero.
Unable to win a single race or a stage for four years, Fabio Aru is not about to raise his arms again. The 31-year-old Italian rider, winner of the Vuelta in 2015, was due to participate in the Tour de France with the Qhubeka Assos team, where he arrived this winter, but he withdrew on Monday, five days before the Grand Départ in Brest . “I know what it takes to participate in the Tour and I felt that with the physical problems I had this weekend (during the Italian road racing championship, where he was forced to abandonment, editor’s note), my body just isn’t where it needs to be for me to be at my best for the big start. After discussing the situation with the team, I decided that it was in our best interests to withdraw from the selection. I wish all the best to the team, which gave me such great support, ”said the Italian, who finished 26th in Paris-Nice and 26th in the Critérium du Dauphiné this season (among others) in a press release.
First for Barbero
To replace him in the group of eight, the South African team called on the Spaniard Carlos Barbero. At the age of 30, he has never yet taken part in the Tour de France and has only taken part in two Vuelta. “I am very excited to start my very first Tour de France. It was not in my initial plan for the season, but in cycling, as in life, there can be changes and you have to be prepared to prepare for them. I’m incredibly happy and will look to continue the way the team has run this year as we strive to be as successful as possible, ”responded the Burgos native, who joined the South African team this season. past.
The Qhubeka Assos team: Carlos Barbero (ESP), Sean Bennett (USA), Victor Campenaerts (BEL), Simon Clarke (AUS), Nic Dlamini (AFS), Sergio Henao (COL), Michael Gogl (AUT), Max Walscheid (ALL)