Mikel Landa: It didn't occur to me to look back
Jul 13 2017 06:41 pm CET

Mikel Landa: It didn't occur to me to look back

Mikel Landa (Team Sky) finished the 12th stage of the Tour de France in fourth position, five seconds behind winner Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and 17 ahead of his leader Chris Froome.

The Spaniard accelerated in the last metres of the stage, without seeing that Froome was struggling to get to the finish line. "There was a 200-metre sprint in which the stage was being decided and it didn't occur to me to look back," he said to Spanish radio COPE.

But the rider doesn't think he did anything wrong and said that the result of the day was normal with the standings the way they are. "The three first men of the General Classification are within 30 seconds of each other, so just like one day you can win something, the next you can lose.

At the last moments of the stage, Landa felt good and thought he could have taken the stage victory. "I was feeling really good and maybe if I had taken part in the sprint earlier I could have won or finish in a better position. I don't know if I could have won, but I could have fought for it."

The rider also commented that Froome may not be as strong as other years, but he still has what it takes to get the overall victory. "Maybe there is something missing in him. Maybe other years he has dominated more, but there are still many days to come, and he will show why he has won three Tours already."
Photo of Mikel Landa (cropped) by Team Sky.