Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) will as soon as once more focus on the Tour de France in 2021, aiming for the podium immediately after ending fourth at the 2020 race. He’ll also race one more Grand Tour, even though which 1 has but to be resolved.
The Spaniard took section in his fifth Tour this yr, getting the opportunity to direct a group for the 1st time obtaining moved from Movistar to Bahrain McLaren. He recurring his 2017 outcome of fourth in general, ending the race 5:58 down on winner Tadej Pogačar.
“The Tour is the big aim of the year, that is crystal clear,” a member of Landa’s entourage explained to Basque newspaper Deia. “But it’s real that Mikel would like to race a further Grand Tour.
“This yr, the situations did not fit, as we all know, but if you go again to a normal calendar, he needs to do two Grand Tours. We don’t know if it will be the Giro d’Italia or the Vuelta a España that will be a part of the Tour.”
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Landa, who turns 31 on Sunday, has raced the Giro 5 moments and the Vuelta on four events, his best benefits coming in Italy with a third-position complete driving Alberto Contador and then-teammate Fabio Aru in 2015.
His Grand Tour phase wins have arrive at both of those races, all in the mountains, with wins at Madonna di Campiglio, Aprica and Piancavallo in Italy, and victory at Cortals d’Encamp at the 2015 Vuelta. He’ll hold out for the route bulletins in advance of choosing which race to revisit, although.
“The most regular thing is that he will go to the race in which the route is most ideal for him,” mentioned the supply. “But he does have the plan of competing in two Grand Excursions. It is really a little something he likes, and his system recovers nicely involving two such attempts. He digests it effectively.
“Physically, he has invested very small [in 2020], but psychologically it has been a really hard calendar year. He was remaining with the drive for another race.”
Landa, who on Thursday will head to the Canary Islands to educate, will also target his home race, Itzulia, early in the period. The race wasn’t held in 2020 because of to the COVID-19 pandemic but returns to its standard mid-April calendar spot in 2021. Landa has raced there six time previously, using two phase wins about the years, as nicely as finishing second in 2018.
“This is just one of Mikel’s aims. He will go out with the concept of competing for the victory. He desires to be good in his home race.”