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ST4 Tirreno – Adriatico: Montalto di Castro – Terminillo (187 km)

Difficult day for the Astana guys at the ‘Race of the two seas’.

“It’s since the beginning of this race that I’m not feeling particularly good – explained Fabio Aru – at the Strade Bianche one week ago I catched a cold and I’m still not feeling good… I didn’t say anything in the past days because we hoped that the situation could have improved with some ‘racing hours’ in the sun. Unfortunately, it didn’t go this way and today I suffered in the final”.

“Even if I’m quite disappointed for the unsatisfactory result, I don’t want to make it ‘tragic’: together with the doctor of the team and the trainer we will evaluate the situation, this evening and in the next days and we will figure out a strategy to recover and improve my condition” concluded Aru. 

On today uphill final the strongest was the Colombian, Nairo Quintana, who conquered the GC leadership too. The first classified for the Astana Pro Team was Michele Scarponi, 18th at 1’22” from the winner. Unfortunately, Fabio Aru suffered in the last 5 km of race and concluded the stage 4’06” after the winner.

“When we started the last climb I’ve asked to Aru how he was feeling and he said me the sensations were not particularly good – explained the sport director Alexander Shefer – then in the final he suffered… now we will check with our doctor if everything is ok and tomorrow we will decide the strategy of the Team.”

Tomorrow there will be the fifth stage of the Tirreno – Adriatico, Rieti – Fermo (210 km) with a very difficult race route, characterized by so many steep climbs and a uphill final.

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