Mikel Landa: Eventually, I will have that battle against Chris Froome
Nov 03 2017 04:49 pm CET

Mikel Landa: Eventually, I will have that battle against Chris Froome
Mikel Landa: Eventually, I will have that battle against Chris Froome
Photo of Mikel Landa by George Solomon (Team Sky)

Mikel Landa is currently on a training camp with Movistar Team in Spain and discussed his plans for the coming season.

The Spaniard left Sky with the hopes of having more of a free role in big races and so far he is not disappointed. "Eusebio (Unzue) will let me choose, he put the pressure on me in this case," he said to Spanish magazine Ciclismo a Fondo.

"This hasn't been a short-term decision, but looking to the future. Maybe I won't be able to do everything that I would want to do next season but in the long run, it would be the best decision. I'm waiting for the Giro d'Italia course to be announced to make a decision."

Despite some tensions between Nairo Quintana and Landa because of his role in the team, the Spaniard says that this won't be a problem. "Nairo is clear in his objective for the 2018 season, but that won't condition my own calendar," Landa commented. "If we go to the same races we will be stronger, but if not, everyone will do their own races. Fights sell more than friendships, and the day will come, but I don't think we will have any problem."

Without knowing the route of the Italian Grand Tour, the rider thinks that a double Giro-Vuelta can be a possibility for him. "A lot of riders want to do the Giro-Vuelta double to be able to be prepared for the World Championships. It would be the best time for me, but we will see what happens."

But Landa won't give up easily on his dream of riding the French Grand Tour. "I would like to ride the Tour, I won't deny that, but I will have to see what is best for me and the team. Until we have seen the route of the Giro we can't take any decision. But I will have my battle against (Chris) Froome. This year or the next."

So far, the rider has been feeling at home in the team, because of details that he missed at Sky. "The difference is in the atmosphere because even if you try to learn the language of the team you're in, you are not really from the same zone. I've spent two years without getting any of the jokes or without even making one. Here it will be easier to integrate and the relationships a bit more fluent."



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