Mikel Landa confirms joint leadership for Tour de France
Dec 15 2017 03:55 am CET

Mikel Landa confirms joint leadership for Tour de France
Mikel Landa confirms joint leadership for Tour de France
Photo by Movistar Team

Mikel Landa has confirmed, during the presentation of the 2018 Movistar Team, that his objective for the new year will be the Tour de France.

The Spaniard, who missed out on the 2017 edition of the French Grand Tour podium by one second, has confirmed his participation in the Tour of next year. "I'm very happy to arrive in a new team, to be received well and to be going to the Tour," he said to Spanish newspaper Marca. "The rivals of the upcoming Giro are scary and the route has a lot of flat time trial kilometres and few uphill finishes, which makes it bad for me.

"So we have chosen that I will go to the Tour, which will be a war. There will be a route with many surprises and it will be a very open race."

The rider will start his 2018 season in the Vuelta a Andalucia and is looking forward to the French Grand Tour. "To have three riders with whom you can win the race is a great advantage," Landa commented. "On my side, I have already confirmed that I can be the leader and have people working for me."

"Before my objective was the Giro, but now it's the Tour. After last season, when I was fourth at only one second from third and without playing all my cards, I can see that it is my race. I am very motivated to come back."

The Spaniard knows that he will have to join forces with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana as leaders. "The three of us will form a great force and we will be able to play many cards in the race," he explained. "Also, to have a strong team that can compete against Sky, it will be good to join forces.

"The two of them will be more leaders at the start because they have more time here and have shown to be stronger. But then it will be the road to unveil who will need more support to fight for the General Classification."

Landa also mentioned that he has a very close relationship with Valverde but with Quintana, it is "a little colder", though he expects that they will be good friends by the time the Tour de France comes.



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