Michele Scarponi will lead Astana ProTeam at Giro d’Italia

Astana Proteam communicates, that Michele Scarponi will lead the team at the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia.

Scarponi (37), 2011 Giro d’Italia winner, is one of the most experienced riders of the modern peloton, who knows very well how to get a strong result at the Giro.

- We decided to come to the Giro with Michele Scarponi as our leader. He will replace Fabio Aru, who is forced to skip the race due to the knee injury. As we already communicated yesterday, Fabio has to pass the full treatment and recovery from his injury, so he won’t be able to start in his home race. For all of us, his good and full recovery is on the first place, while his further calendar will depend on the time of recovery and the results in the first races after it, - said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

In the same time, Astana Proteam is following its general plan, made in the beginning of the season. So far, any big changes in training program or race rosters are not on the table.

- Despite this unhappy situation, we don’t talk about any great changes in our program. We are looking forward to the Giro d’Italia with the team we have as well as to the Tour de France, where Jakob Fuglsang, like it was planned, is preparing to take a leading spot, - added Alexandr Vinokurov.


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