Mikel Landa eyes Giro – Tour double for 2019

Mikel Landa

Mikel Landa plans to race both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019 if his Movistar team will allow him to race both Grand Tours.

“I want to do the Giro and the Tour,” Landa told AS. “I’ll talk to Eusebio and then we’ll see what happens.”

“Will it affect me in the Tour? I do not think so,” he said. “There have been many mountains in the last week in Italy in recent years, and people go on to do well in the Tour.”

The 28-year-old made his Grand Tour breakthrough in the 2015 Giro by finishing third overall. He was helping then Astana team-mate Fabio Aru, who placed second behind Alberto Contador.

This season, in his first year at Movistar, Landa skipped the Giro d’Italia in order to focus on the Tour de France, where he finished 7th overall.

“What I achieve in the races will affect my future,” he said. “I hope to give headaches to those who have to renew me or those who want to sign me.”

Movistar should decide on its riders’ 2019 programs soon. The team’s riders and staff meet next month in Pamplona, Spain.


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