When it comes to climbs and mountains, the name of Fabio Aru is one of the first to draw staff and bike enthusiasts’ attention. After all, the Sardinian climber, aged 27, managed to win at least one stage and wear the leading jersey in the three major Tours in his career, with one victory: the Vuelta a España in 2015.
After a couple of years with ups and downs, sickness and accidents, satisfaction was felt – both winning the Italian Championship and his first stage success at the Tour de France, and conquering the yellow jersey in the Pyrenees – the new acquisition of UAE Team Emirates placed a few bets on Giro d’Italia and World Championship. From this point of view, the Tour of the Alps (16-20th April) represents one of the key races for the season of the Italian Champion, who on the roads of Euregio will look for the best pedal stroke in view of the “Corsa Rosa”, also taking the opportunity to see the UCI Road World Championships of Innsbruck track.
“As usual, I will find very challenging routes at the Tour of the Alps, where I want to do well and get ready to do my best in view of the Giro d’Italia – explains Aru – Moreover,I’ve got two motivating goals: being the World Championship one of my seasonal target, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to run on the Innsbruck circuit. I have not been able to see it yet, but it seems very challenging: competing in a race on those roads in such advance is a chance to be grasped. Eventually, as usual, legs will make the difference”.
The 27-year-old climber from Villacidro, is in training camp at Teide where he is carrying out a targeted training plan in view of the forthcoming races at the Tour of the Alps. He will try to follow his former teammate Vincenzo Nibali‘s footsteps, the one that in 2013 triumph for the first time in the Giro d’Italia after winning Giro del Trentino, the lastest runner to earn the difficult double win.
“Preparation is going as planned – continued the “Knight of Sardinia” – I have completely recovered from the accident in Volta a Catalunya and I am training without any particular problem. In the past, I took part on two occasions in the Giro del Trentino (2013 and 2014) but it will be my first time at the Tour of the Alps. The climbs to be faced won’t lack: the Alpe di Pampeago is a prestigious target but we will see that day how feelings will show. The aim is being at the start with good legs, it is impossible to foresee what will happen during the race”.
Exactly one week to the start from Arco (Trento), the winner of the Vuelta 2015 doesn’t want to give any forecast away. “Make a prediction right now is very difficult. I know the rivals I will challenge during the Tour of the Alps: in addition to Froome there is Pinot, I have been a team mate of Miguel Angel Lopez for years, while I share the training trails in Lugano with Pozzovivo. I am going to keep a watchful eye on them all!”.