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Mikel Landa to miss the Worlds after failing to finish the Giro della Toscana

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Mikel Landa ruled himself out of the upcoming World Championships in Innsbruck after failing to finish the Giro della Toscana.

Landa returned to competition on Wednesday for the first time since he fractured a vertebra and a rib in a crash at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August, but failed to finish Giro della Toscana.

“He contacted the national coach, Javier Minguez, to tell him that he still didn’t have good feelings on the bike,” read a statement from the Spanish Cycling Federation.

“A month ago, when the team was being considered, I didn’t want to say no because there was still time to see how I recovered,” Landa said before Giro della Toscana. “I’ve trained hard in recent weeks but I had almost a month without making any major efforts.”

His place on Spain’s eight-rider team for the elite men’s road race will be taken by Omar Fraile (Astana).

Fraile will form part of the eight-man road race squad along with a strong line-up including Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Quick-Step), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Jesús Herrada (Cofidis), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), David de la Cruz and Jonathan Castroviejo (both Team Sky).