• Fabio Aru is hoping to raise the Giro d'Italia after the final stage in Milan (ANSA)
Italian sensation Fabio Aru heads into the Giro d'Italia as one of the favourites despite suffering an illness which almost threw his season off course.
Cycling Central

8 May 2015 - 11:46 AM 

Cycling Central: "How are you, have you recovered from your illness, and who do you fear?"

Fabio Aru: "I hoped to arrive at the Giro d'Italia with the Giro del Trentino in my legs, but unfortunately, in cycling, these things happen. Physical problems are part of the sport. When I realised I was ill, I went to the mountains, and spent 10 days training at altitude with Diego Rosa, Paolo Tiralongo and Dario Cataldo.

"We did had an intense week. I come into the Giro d'Italia having worked hard since November, with a team that is very motivated. My rivals are hardened stage racers. Alberto (Contador) will be very motivated to do well, (Rigoberto) Urán will be very good in the long time trial, and Richie Porte will also be formidable."

CC: "Is your team as strong as Tinkoff-Saxo?"

FA: "I think we are very strong. I wanted to be with them at Trentino but they showed that they could ride hard in my absence. In Catalunya, I rode with almost all of them, and we were always at the front, and it was a very hard race. At Trentino, I could only watch from the sofa, but they were very strong and they rode well. I'm very happy with my team."

CC: "What is your strategy for the Giro?"

FA: "The Giro d'Italia will be hard right from the start, with the team time trial, the Abetone stage, and then the long individual time trial, which will be the crux of the race The last week is also very hard, with the mountain stages on the Mortirolo and up to Sestriere. It will be important to stay focused for all three weeks."