Miguel Indurain: Mikel Landa needs to focus
Dec 06 2017 02:20 pm CET

Miguel Indurain: Mikel Landa needs to focus
Miguel Indurain: Mikel Landa needs to focus
Photo of Mikel Landa by George Solomon (Team Sky)

Former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner Miguel Indurain believes Mikel Landa (Movistar) can achieve great things but first has to work on his focus.

The Spaniard believes a new generation of riders from his country is now taking a step up and has the potential to replace Alberto Contador, who just retired. "We still have Alejandro Valverde and we will have to wait to see if he recovers properly," said the rider during the Gala of the 50th anniversary of newspaper AS.

"We have kids like Mikel Landa and Gorka Izagirre in whom we can put our confidence. To reach the level of Alberto is very difficult but they are trying."

About Landa, Indurain commented that he has to learn to focus. "He has shown that he has all the qualities, but he is missing a bit of focus in his house, with close people. He needs to have a clear objective to have things work in his favour," the rider affirmed. "Last year he had two falls and that is normal, but he really needs to concentrate."

The rider also talked about four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome and said he still has time to win more Grand Tours. "He seems fine, he is very focused but every year the bigger efforts are getting more difficult, causing a strain in his way of riding," he explained. "But if he feels fine, he still has time to do great things like in the Tour, which is his race."