Mikel Landa: I would have liked another kind of welcome from Quintana
Oct 29 2017 12:15 am CET

Mikel Landa: I would have liked another kind of welcome from Quintana
Mikel Landa: I would have liked another kind of welcome from Quintana
Photo of Mikel Landa by George Solomon (Team Sky)

Mikel Landa has not felt welcome at Movistar after the interview of Nairo Quintana in which he claimed the sole leadership of the team.

Earlier in the week, Quintana did an interview with Spanish Newspaper El Pais in which he positioned himself as the only leader of Movistar and relegated Landa to a helping role.

During a flash interview at the UCI Gala in China, the Spaniard shouted "Free Landa", a sentence that was used by the public to demand a more prominent role for him at Sky, and was now interpreted as an answer to the Colombian.

But the rider claims that was not his intention. "I was there with all my teammates and it has been something that has always been taken in a good way, nobody has taken it badly," he said to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

"They asked if I would dare to say it on the last day with them and we had a good laugh."

After the ceremony, Landa read the interview with Quintana and he didn't take it well. "Well... Evidently, I would have liked another kind of welcome, but as it seems I'm going to his house and it looks like he doesn't like it," he commented.

"I think Eusebio (Unzue) will know how to handle our egos and bring out the maximum of each of us."

But the rider believes everybody can profit from his presence in the team. "I think it is an advantage to share responsibilities. It takes a little bit of pressure off me. To have Quintana next to me can be very positive and the two of us can cause more damage together than individually."

Landa said that he had more options but he's happy to have chosen the Spanish team as his next squad. "The role that I had in the Giro made people show interest and the Tour was the maximum. Everybody wanted me in their teams, but I chose Movistar," he explained.

"It is a team with tradition, that has been doing things well for many years and I think it is a squad that will take 100% out of me. It is a team to which I'm not going to lose my time and I will be able, finally, to fight for that big race."

His calendar for next year is not decided yet, but he has some preferred races. "I don't know. The course of the Tour is very complete, I like it. I'm waiting to see the route of the Giro. I don't know which race I will choose, but I would really like that in the one that I ride, I can fight for it and have all the possibilities to take the victory."



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