Fabio Aru withdraws from Vuelta a España: The situation was getting worse
Sep 06 2019 07:21 pm CET

Fabio Aru withdraws from Vuelta a España: The situation was getting worse
Fabio Aru withdraws from Vuelta a España: The situation was getting worse
Photo of Fabio Aru by UAE Team Emirates

UAE Team Emirates' Fabio Aru has withdrawn from the Vuelta a España before the start of the 13th stage of the race.

The Italian rider -who won the 2015 edition of the Spanish grand tour- underwent surgery to fix a constriction of the iliac artery in the left leg last April. This condition made him lose power in that leg and since then he has been in a process of recovery.

It has not been a good race for the rider and he and the team have decided for him to withdraw from it. "The analyzes carried out with the team's medical staff showed a strong muscular damage that does not allow me to recover from the efforts," said Aru.

"The situation was getting worse, so together with the team's medical staff it was decided to stop, and carry out further checks. I am sorry to withdraw but, given the situation, it would be unthinkable to be able to continue."

Jeroen Swart, team medical director, explained the situation of the rider. "Fabio has clinically recovered from the surgery he had in April," he commented. "During these months he trained well and data showed his progressions.

"He arrived at the start of this Vuelta in really good shape, but during this Vuelta, he has not been able to achieve the expected performance and has experienced progressive fatigue and muscle damage and hence has made the decision to stop. We will perform routine tests, as we perform regularly, to analyze his training data and perform submaximal physiological tests to try to gather more information."




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