Mikel Landa re­flects on Team Sky

Span­ish GC hope­ful re­flects on move to Mo­vis­tar

Cycling Weekly - - Contents - Gre­gor Brown

Mikel Landa says that his two years rid­ing with Chris Froome and Team Sky have made him “stronger and more con­fi­dent”, as he leaves the Bri­tish squad for Mo­vis­tar in 2018.

Landa helped Froome win the 2017 Tour de France in July af­ter he him­self won the moun­tains jer­sey at the Giro d’italia. Mo­vis­tar have signed him to lead their Grand Tour team next sea­son.

“I feel stronger and I have more con­fi­dence in my­self. I’m a stronger rider than two years ago [when I joined Sky],” said Landa, who was rac­ing last week­end in South China at the Tour of Guangxi, his last fix­ture in team Sky’s black and blue colours.

“I learnt a lot be­cause Team Sky is one of the best teams in three-week races and they have one of the best riders at this mo­ment with Chris Froome,” he added. “It’s been a very nice ex­pe­ri­ence, but now I have dif­fer­ent am­bi­tions and dif­fer­ent goals, so I de­cided to leave the team.”

Sky took Landa as co-leader with Geraint Thomas to the Giro d’italia this year. Both riders crashed on stage nine and fell out of the over­all ranks but Landa sal­vaged his and Sky’s Giro by go­ing on to win a moun­tain stage and the blue moun­tains jer­sey.

He re­bounded from the Giro in the Tour de France as Froome’s do­mes­tique deluxe and dur­ing the race some in­sid­ers started say­ing that he was so strong that per­haps he would lead Sky when Froome lost the yel­low jer­sey on the stage to Peyragudes.

“Span­ish fans and press want a new Span­ish rider win­ning the Tour and they started to cre­ate sto­ries, but I was work­ing for Chris from the first day and I don’t think it’s fair to say oth­er­wise,” said Landa.

Landa will likely be Mo­vis­tar's GC leader in at least one of the Grand Tours in 2018.

“It’s a Span­ish team and I’m pretty sure I will have all the sup­port I need,” Landa said.

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