Mikel Landa joins Movistar Team
Aug 15 2017 09:17 pm CET

Mikel Landa joins Movistar Team
Mikel Landa joins Movistar Team
Photo of Mikel Landa by George Solomon (Team Sky)

Spanish cyclist Mikel Landa and Movistar Team have agreed a deal for the coming two seasons, the Spanish WorldTour formation announced.

It was clear for some time that Landa, fourth in the recent Tour de France, was on his way out at Team Sky. The Spaniard was looking for a leading role in grand tours rather than having to help riders like Chris Froome in their classification campaigns.

The rider was linked to several teams although the rumours regarding Movistar had been the strongest throughout the process.

"For us this is great news," said Movistar Team boss Eusebio Unzue. Given his age and what he has beeen showing, this rider is sure to lead Spanish cycling in the next years."

Landa, born in the Basque town of Murgia, turned professional at Orbea Continental in 2009 and has since represented Euskaltel-Euskadi and Astana before joining Team Sky in 2016.

The rider gained international interest when winning two stages and finishing third in the overall classification of the Giro d'Italia. He also won a stage in the Vuelta a España that same year.

In 2017, the 27-year-old won the Mountains classification at the Giro d'Italia and took one stage victory in the process.

It remains to be seen whether the arrival of Landa will cause ripple effects at Movistar with some media expecting a potential departure of Colombian star Nairo Quintana.