Aru reveals updated Italian champion’s jersey but stays coy on riding Giro d’Italia

Fabio Aru has revealed his updated Italian national champion’s jersey during a visit to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, but remained evasive about riding the Giro d’Italia, even though the Corsa Rosa is widely expected to be a major objective in his first season with UAE Team Emirates.

Aru travelled to Milan with the team’s general manager Giuseppe Saronni, bike sponsor Ernesto Colnago, and Italian national coach Davide Cassani. The visit appears to be a bridge-building exercise after a stand-off regarding Aru’s presence at the 2018 Giro d’Italia.

Aru showed off his new Italian champion’s jersey after the original version came under criticism for a lack of the iconic red, white and green of the Italian tricolore in favour of the standard UAE Team Emirates design.

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The new jersey is not as traditional as Aru’s tricolore jersey during his final months at Astana but has far bigger red, white and green bands around the chest and a far smaller UAE Team Emirates logo.

“I like it and I’m honoured to wear it in the coming months. The tricolore is much clearer, it’s a special jersey,” Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“To be honest, it still seems strange to think I’m the national champion. When I pull it on every morning it still seems like a dream.”

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