Team Sky's Servais Knaven: Froome is still our leader
Jul 14 2017 06:26 pm CET

Team Sky's Servais Knaven: Froome is still our leader
Team Sky's Servais Knaven: Froome is still our leader
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Team Sky Directeur Sportif Servais Knaven confirmed shortly after stage 13 of the Tour de France that Mikel Landa's move to attack was all part of the team's tactics.

Landa arrived to the finish with a significant advantage over the group of favorites, including Team Sky leader Chris Froome. The tactic led to confusion among fans as it seemed like Landa and Froome were riding against each other rather than with each other.

"This was a new tactic, we are in a different situation now," Knaven told Belgian TV.

"We don't have Yellow now but Landa was still close to the top at the start of the stage. He is very fast and a threat to many riders. We didn't want to explode the race ourselves but wanted to see what other riders would do.

"There were more riders in Landa's situation, like (Alberto) Contador and (Nairo) Quintana who were at several minutes. If they attacked, Landa could join them. And that worked out really well," the Dutchman continued.

Knaven insisted that the move was all part of the team's tactic. "We had clearly discussed this in the morning. Of course you don't expect him to reach the finish with an advantage of two minutes, but we wanted to put the pressure on Astana.

"Froome is and will continue to be our leader. We do now have another card to play should it be necessary. We won't cause this situation again, but with Landa we have someone who can make the other teams nervous if needed."