Mikel Landa: We will be one of the strongest and best-equipped teams in the Tour de France
May 22 2020 01:32 am CET

Mikel Landa: We will be one of the strongest and best-equipped teams in the Tour de France
Mikel Landa: We will be one of the strongest and best-equipped teams in the Tour de France
Team Bahrain McLaren

Bahrain-McLaren's Mikel Landa has discussed his first months with his new team and his thoughts about the 2020 season.

The Spaniard moved to the team at the start of 2020 after some difficult years in Sky and Movistar, and in the first and only race he has ridden with it, he stepped onto the podium of the Vuelta a Andalucia/Ruta del Sol. "I am very happy with how I am working with the team; these are the most important years of my career, and I am aware of being in a squad that wants to achieve important goals," he explained.

Landa will be part of the formation that will tackle the Tour de France, and he shared his thoughts about a race behind closed doors and his calendar heading to it. "I hope the audience can be part of the show; a closed-door Tour would have a different taste," the Spaniard mentioned. "We have yet to agree on the races preceding the Grande Boucle, but the ideal route is the one that passes through the Critèrium du Dauphinè which starts on August 12.

"We will be one of the strongest and best-equipped teams to try and win. Together with me, there will be excellent runners such as Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns, Pello Bilbao and the Ivan Garcia Cortina."

The rider also has the Vuelta a España in his head, particularly because it will start in his home region, the Basque Country. "I like the route with many climbs and many stages in Northern Spain. I would like to be at the start, but I will decide only after the Tour."

For Landa, it is important that cycling returns for the second half of the year. "We hope that the worst has passed, and we look to the future with confidence," he added. "We now have a race calendar, and in a year that’s been as usual as this it’s important to finish the season by competing."




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