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Aru to pursue legal action over Henderson Tweets

Fabio Aru says he's hired a lawyer in the wake of Greg Henderson's Tweets that accused him of breaking anti-doping rules

Fabio Aru (Astana) will pursue legal action against Lotto-Soudal’s Greg Henderson for inflammatory and accusatory Tweets posted by the Kiwi rider late Thursday. The Tweets suggested that Aru’s recent virus was cover for a biological passport violation.

A statement on Aru’s website said, “Regarding the statements published on 23 April, 2015 on the Twitter profile of Greg Henderson, Fabio Aru has appointed a lawyer … in order to take legal action against the New Zealand rider to protect his image and his respectability.”

Henderson Tweeted twice, first implying that the stomach virus that took Aru out of the Giro del Trentino this week was used cover up a biological passport problem.

Henderson’s second Tweet expressed his exasperation with dopers, and suggested that news of violations spreads quickly within the pro peloton, even before it is released publicly.

Both Tweets have since been deleted from Henderson’s account.

Henderson apologized this morning, again on Twitter:

Vincenzo Nibali, Aru’s teammate, weighed in early Friday morning, following Henderson’s apology. It’s easy to apologize after, he said, but the image damages need to be considered as well.