News | Team • January 17, 2019
Aru makes official his participation in the 2019 Giro d’Italia
The Corsa Rosa will close the first chapter of his season
Fabio Aru will be at the start of the 2019 Giro d’Italia on May 11. The decision was a result of recent tests of the Italian cyclist with UAE Team Emirates’s technical staff, trainers and doctors.
“The idea of starting in the Giro d’Italia always hugely motivates me given I’m a climber and there’s that extra bit of emotion added given I’m Italian,” the 28-year-old Sardinian explained. “You can imagine my desire to reap some rewards on the road during this Corsa Rosa – rewards I weren’t able to enjoy in the last edition. I have a desire to repay the sponsors, fans and organisers who continued to believe in me in these last months.
The Giro’s route offers plenty of serious climbs to balance with the number of kilometres in the time trials. We will arrive prepared physically and technically in order to confront every detail of the race in the best way possible.”
Aru’s lead up to the Giro d’Italia sees him debuting in the Trofeo Mallorca, January 31 to February 3.
He will continue with the Volta ao Algarve, February 20-24, and the Volta a Catalunya, March 25-31. He will train at altitude in Colorado, in the U.S., for his final step ahead of the Giro. The race marks the end of Aru’s first chapter in the 2019 season.