Mikel Landa wants to come back next year and challenge Chris Froome for Tour de France victory.
Landa finished the Tour de France in fourth position, at only one second of Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), despite working for Sky team leader Froome throughout the race, and having ridden in May’s Giro d’Italia.
“It’s a shame. After so many kilometres, so many mountains… you don’t go chasing that one extra second. I can think of many places where I could have got that second,” Landa said.
The 27-year-old Basque has already said he’s leaving Sky at the end of the year to look for a role as a team leader.
“Maybe it’s my lack of experience. One second, and it’s goodbye to the podium. Next year I want to come back to Paris dressed in Yellow. That would be beautiful.”
Landa has a lot of self-confidence and hasn’t been afraid to show his strength at this Tour, much like Froome did when riding as Bradley Wiggins’s chief domestique in 2012.
“The Tour is three very tough weeks but to arrive to Paris is very exciting, particularly with the yellow jersey in the team,”.