Mikel Landa comes into 2021 Giro d’Italia in excellent form, finishing on the podium at his last race in Italy, Tirreno Adriatico.
The first Grand Tour of the year is one of the key objectives for the season for the Spanish rider, with the entire Bahrain team working together in preparation for this race.
The riders will take on 3,479.9 kilometres over 21 stages, climbing over 47,000m, starting with a 9km time trial in Turin.
The race for pink will be one of the most challenging editions, with riders taking on parts of the white roads near the course of Strade Bianche on stage 11. One of the highlights will be the iconic finish up the Monte Zoncolan on stage 14, a gruelling 14km climb averaging 8% with parts as high as 27%.
“I am pleased with my present shape”, says Mikel Landa. “After the Tour of Basque Country, I had few rest days, and now, before my sixth Giro d’Italia, I spent few weeks at an altitude training camp in Teide. I had great conditions and worked hard and very well”.
“I’m feeling very good now, and I believe that I’m in perfect shape for the next and my main objective of the season 2021. I’ve always raced and performed quite well on Giro d’Italia. My overall best was 3rd in 2015 and 4th in 2019. I also had two stage wins at Giro 2015. Giro is a race that I know quite well, and I feel very confident with my teammates. I think that we have an outstanding team around me, so I believe it’s going to be a very, very good month.”
Bahrain Victorious line-up at the 2021 Giro: Yukiya Arashiro, Pello Bilbao, Damiano Caruso, Mikel Landa, Gino Mäder, Matej Mohorič, Rafa Valls, Jan Tratnik