Fabio Aru confirmed as Astana leader for upcoming Vuelta a España

Fabio Aru at the 2017 Tour de France (Sunada) Cycling Weekly

Italian champion confirmed for Vuelta start

Fabio Aru has been confirmed as Astana‘s leader for the upcoming 2017 Vuelta a España which will start in Nîmes, France on August 19.

Aru, who won the Vuelta in 2015, will lead the team after a good performance at the Tour de France where he finished fifth overall and spent two days in the yellow jersey.

The Italian rider has had a tumultuous season, which was expected to centre around the Giro d’Italia, until a knee injury put him out of his home Grand Tour and forced him to focus on the Tour.

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The addition of Aru to the Vuelta a España start list makes for a very strong line-up for the final Grand Tour of 2017, with Chris Froome (Team Sky), Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), and both Simon and Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) expected to take to the start line.

The full Astana line-up will be announced in due course, but will certainly included young Colombian Grand Tour prospect Miguel Angel Lopez, as well as Luis Leon Sanchez and Pello Bilbao.