Team managers must balance the demands of their sponsors with showcasing riders' home colors when they win national championships.
With the 2018 WorldTour opener a little more than a month away, riders' grand tour plans for next season are starting to trickle out.
Fabio Aru will target the Giro d'Italia as his number one objective in 2018 and will bypass the Tour de France.
Fabio Aru's departure to the UAE Team Emirates for the 2018 season and beyond has left Team Astana without a veteran GC leader.
The 27-year-old Italian will ride for the Middle Eastern team for at least the next three seasons.
The Sardinian has endured a knee injury and the death of teammate Michele Scarponi this year.
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Astana confirms Tuesday that Fabio Aru will line up for the 2017 Vuelta a España, setting up a rematch with Chris Froome.
Fabio Aru finished fifth in the Tour de France and expects to be included on Astana's Vuelta a Espana lineup.
Fabio Aru and his Astana team recognize that the Tour's yellow jersey may be out of reach but promise a fight on the Izoard in stage 18.