Aru - Blip or Flop?

redvision
redvision Posts: 2,958
edited May 2018 in Pro race
I was going to post this in the discussion thread but figured it might deserve its own thread.

Following his Vuelta win in 2015 Fabian Aru was described as the future of Italian (and by some, world) cycling, yet since his biggest career win, he has somewhat underwhelmed and never lived up to the hype.

This Giro has been a perfect example of his troubles, talked up as a potential winner by some sections of the press, yet finds himself 25 minutes down in the GC and behind two of his fellow countrymen, Formolo and Pozzovivo.

So, has Aru's bubble burst? Was 2015 the pinnacle? Was 2015 a fluke?

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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    I don't think you can call 2015 a fluke, given he had a podium at the Giro and a 5th at the Vuelta in 2014, plus a 2nd at the Giro in 2015.
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  • specialgueststar
    specialgueststar Posts: 3,418
    Cunego
  • redvision
    redvision Posts: 2,958
    I don't think you can call 2015 a fluke, given he had a podium at the Giro and a 5th at the Vuelta in 2014, plus a 2nd at the Giro in 2015.

    So what's happened to him then?
  • ShutupJens
    ShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    He is clearly struggling with something, not perhaps to the same extent as Chaves but he doesn't look fit and every day seems to make it worse

    He'll be back, look at nibs - 4 years between his Vuelta and Giro wins, Aru is still young when it comes to Grand Tours after all
  • larkim
    larkim Posts: 2,474
    Kirby was describing in reasonably unpleasant terms that Aru was having trouble keeping fluids inside him yesterday wasn't he? Of course, that doesn't explain not living up to the hype in other years.
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    I might suggest that a change of team and and a change of coach aren't working out for him. He's being coached by Paolo Tiralongo who only just retired and doesn't have expertise of Slongo or whoever he worked with before.
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  • milton50
    milton50 Posts: 3,856
    Top 5 in the Tour/Podium in the Giro is about his level. Mainly because he has the worst TT ability of any of his rivals. The Vuelta is just an afterthought for the top GC guys, or a chance for those who were injured earlier in the season to salvage something. Chris Horner won the Vuelta.

    He's clearly ill/injured or both in this Giro.
  • redvision
    redvision Posts: 2,958
    RichN95 wrote:
    I might suggest that a change of team and and a change of coach aren't working out for him. He's being coached by Paolo Tiralongo who only just retired and doesn't have expertise of Slongo or whoever he worked with before.

    This was my initial thought but then his results with Astana started to slide after his Vuelta win, so can't really say it's down to changing teams.
    Milton50 wrote:
    Top 5 in the Tour/Podium in the Giro is about his level.

    I think this could well be it.
  • jimmythecuckoo
    jimmythecuckoo Posts: 4,712
    Maybe if he learnt to pedal forwards more and sideways less he would be better...

    (not that I am the most elegant peddler of course.)
  • r0bh
    r0bh Posts: 2,216
    Maybe if he learnt to pedal forwards more and sideways less he would be better...

    (not that I am the most elegant peddler of course.)

    People go on about Froome looking bad on a bike but Aru is an order of magnitude worse IMHO
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    redvision wrote:
    I don't think you can call 2015 a fluke, given he had a podium at the Giro and a 5th at the Vuelta in 2014, plus a 2nd at the Giro in 2015.

    So what's happened to him then?

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  • topper_harley
    topper_harley Posts: 597
    I have no sympathy for him after what he let that team do to his nation jersey
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    He's a very attaching (and entertaining)rider,but you've got to wonder if there's much planning behind it. Maybe he's more keen than talented.
  • Vino'sGhost
    Vino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    also Kirby goes on about what a horror show his face is but i dont think he looks too bad.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    also Kirby goes on about what a horror show his face is but i dont think he looks too bad.

    fabio_aru_by_tonan111-d7xjuzg.jpg

    :lol:
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  • above_the_cows
    above_the_cows Posts: 11,406
    I'm not sure Fabio is the sharpest knife in the drawer.
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    r0bh wrote:
    Maybe if he learnt to pedal forwards more and sideways less he would be better...

    (not that I am the most elegant peddler of course.)

    People go on about Froome looking bad on a bike but Aru is an order of magnitude worse IMHO

    Agree. Froome is ugly as sin, but at least it looks like it's probably effective in some strange way. When I see Aru I'm mentally counting up the watts going sideways.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,169
    Cunego

    Same reason too?
  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,358
    Flop
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  • above_the_cows
    above_the_cows Posts: 11,406
    I think we can say we will not be seeing Fabio in pink this Giro.

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  • specialgueststar
    specialgueststar Posts: 3,418
    Cunego

    Same reason too?

    ....del
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    Cunego

    Same reason too?
    Nah. Aru will be decent again. He won the Vuelta because he was better than an ageing Purito and Majka. He was second in the Giro because he was better than Amador and on the same team as Landa. He's not one of the top guys, but if the top guys are not there, he'll get a good result.
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  • specialgueststar
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  • Feels like his relationship with the team might be turning a bit toxic. If Saronni is right that he might have still been useful in the mountains it's a bit dumb to leave him without any support other than the tender mercies of the broom wagon, so they clearly weren't that bothered about the chance of him making it through the stage.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,468
    Looked ill to me
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  • Seems very harsh to me he could easily have a physical problem.

    They don't seem to be suggesting he's slacking or not taking the sport seriously it's more he's not performing as expected we don't know why so it must be a psychological weakness.

    Clearly though there's an issue between Saronni and one or more of the coaching staff.
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  • m.r.m.
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    Feels like his relationship with the team might be turning a bit toxic. If Saronni is right that he might have still been useful in the mountains it's a bit dumb to leave him without any support other than the tender mercies of the broom wagon, so they clearly weren't that bothered about the chance of him making it through the stage.

    Don't think he could have made it back even with support. The peloton started out so fast and refused to let the break go for so long, the gap was unmanageable. I felt really sorry for him. He was full gas, pounding one gel after another and still had a 15-20 km/h speed difference to the peloton.
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  • m.r.m. said:

    Feels like his relationship with the team might be turning a bit toxic. If Saronni is right that he might have still been useful in the mountains it's a bit dumb to leave him without any support other than the tender mercies of the broom wagon, so they clearly weren't that bothered about the chance of him making it through the stage.

    Don't think he could have made it back even with support. The peloton started out so fast and refused to let the break go for so long, the gap was unmanageable. I felt really sorry for him. He was full gas, pounding one gel after another and still had a 15-20 km/h speed difference to the peloton.
    Yeah, it was a bad day to have a bad day.

    Nice piece from Jeremy Whittle here
    http://lacourseentete.com/2020/09/hard-as-nails-so-woe-betide-those-prone-to-displays-of-weakness/
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