Tour de France - Mikel Landa: Maybe Fabio Aru lost the Yellow Jersey on purpose
Jul 16 2017 01:19 am CET

Tour de France - Mikel Landa: Maybe Fabio Aru lost the Yellow Jersey on purpose
Tour de France - Mikel Landa: Maybe Fabio Aru lost the Yellow Jersey on purpose
Photo of Mikel Landa by the A.S.O.

Even though Mikel Landa (Team Sky) lost some seconds at the 14th stage of the Tour de France, the team is happy about Chris Froome getting the Yellow Jersey back from Fabio Aru (Astana).

At the end of the day, Aru lost 25 seconds to Chris Froome, but Landa thinks it wasn't because of weakness. "We knew it was a climb on which there were going to be differences, but if you think badly you could also say that Aru has lost the jersey on purpose thinking about what is coming tomorrow and next week," said the Spaniard to Spanish radio COPE.

"Those stages are very difficult to control, and he knows that with a team like his he could be put in trouble. He lost a lot of time, at the beginning I didn't think it was so much. But I think Aru is feeling good and what we saw today was not a sign of weakness."

Landa himself also lost some seconds in the General Classification, and he is now at one minute and 17 seconds from Froome. "At the end there was a lot of tension and I lost the wheel of my teammates, which made me start the climb a little behind and I was caught in a cut," he commented.

The team is already thinking about the 15th stage, which features two first category climbs. "Tomorrow is another stage to break the legs and it will be difficult to control. We will see what happens throughout the day."

The 13th stage of La Grande Boucle was a good day for the rider, who could be in front the entire time. "Yesterday was a great day. But here I am living in a bubble around me and you only think of the next day and when it comes, you think of the next. So I think I will have time to enjoy yesterday's stage when I'm home."

This focus doesn't allow him to think about the result that would be ideal for him either and, asked if he sees himself on the podium at the Champs-Elysees, he says that he can only see today. "Right now I'm feeling very good. I don't know how will I be next week, but right now I feel great."



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