Fabio Aru’s absence from the forthcoming Giro d’Italia due to injury was confirmed on Monday evening, with his Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli admitting that “the world has fallen apart on us.”
Aru suffered an injury to his left knee when he crashed in training at Sierra Nevada on April 2 after a tyre exploded on the descent of the Alto de Monachil. He travelled to Milan on Monday to be examined by Professor Franco Combi at the Columbus Clinic, but he already seemed resigned to his fate before the consultation.
“I can’t bend the left leg, I can only keep it extended. I’m not able to pedal and I haven’t trained in nine days,” Aru told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I need a miracle. At the moment, it hurts even to climb steps, to walk. I can’t bend my knee.”
On Monday evening, Astana confirmed the inevitable in a short press release: Aru has withdrawn from the Giro following a diagnosis of pre-patellar bursitis. The corsa rosa gets underway in Aru’s native Sardinia on May 6, and missing the chance to race on home roads was a particular disappointment for the 26-year-old.
“It hurts not to be there, but my first priority isn’t to race, it’s to heal,” said Aru, who recounted the crash that forced him out of the Giro.
“I fell at 45kph on the descent of the Alto de Monachil. If it happened a few seconds earlier, when we were going at 70kph, who knows if I’d be here to talk about it? From the car behind, they heard the pop of the tube that exploded. When Maurizio [Mazzoleni, Aru’s trainer – ed.] got out to come to my aid, he thought I’d fractured my pelvis. I only have some scratches, and nothing on the hands.
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