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Place: Murgia / Zuia, Álava
Birth: 13/12/1989
Country: ESP
Height: 173 Cm
Weight: 60 Kg
Pro debut: 2010
Years in team: 1
Career path:

2018: Movistar Team
2016-2017: Team Sky
2014-2015: Astana
2011-2013: Euskaltel-Euskadi
2010: Orbea (+ trainee, 2009)

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Mikel Landa

A GLORIOUS FIRST SUCCESS IN ITALY. Mikel Landa’s maiden success in Blue colours arrived on stage four of last year’s Tirreno-Adriatico. The Basque climber won atop the Sassotetto summit after a well-timed, intelligent attack on the final section of the climb. That Queen stage success was close to be repeated at the Itzulia Basque Country, where he took runner-up overall -and also 2nd in the final stage up Arrate- behind Primož Roglič. A similar story happened at the Vuelta a Andalucía: Mikel was really close to a victory on stage four (Alcalá de los Gazules), where he finished 2nd en route to 6th overall following the TT showdown in Barbate.

HAMPERED BY INJURIES. He joined the Movistar Team with excitement and ready to take on the Grand Tours, yet his ambitions were ruined by two tough crashes last season. The first one occurred at the Tour de France, which he miraculously finished in 7th place overall. The Murgia native went down on the dreadful stage nine, on an asphalt section between ‘secteurs pavés’ towards Roubaix, and suffered under the blows of that incident for the subsequent two weeks, most notably pain to his back. Misfortune didn’t stop there, as few weeks later, Landa had to abandon the Clásica San Sebastián into a pile-up with 20km remaining. The fractures and blows prevented him from starting the Vuelta a España and ultimately conditioned his performance all the way down to the end of the season.

TWO GIROS TO REMEMBER. Following three years full of difficulties and injuries, 2015 brought a bright new start to Landa’s career in the Giro d’Italia. He was the strongest rider in the mountains -won conseuctive mountain-top finishes in Madonna di Campiglio and Aprica– and finished 3rd overall in Milan behind Contador and team-mate Fabio Aru, for whom he sacrified his individual chances. Months later, Landa again became key for Fabio’s overall success in the Vuelta a España, where the Basque claimed a stage win. In 2017, a crash early in the Giro d’Italia prevented him from contesting overall glory. However, he was the most solid rider over the final week of racing, with a stage win atop Piancavallo, two second places and the blue jersey as King of the Mountains.

 Eusebio Unzué tried twice to have him on his teams. The first attempt came as Euskaltel disbanded in 2013; the second, when Landa left Astana at the end of 2015. The third was the good one, and in August 2017, Unzué got the rider he had always been longing for.

 Breeded at the Fundación Euskadi, the development proyect which also gave birth to the now-defunct Euskaltel-Euskadi team, Landa took a step forward in August 2017 to support the Fundación, whose existence was in severe danger, and save the amateur Euskadi team. Named chairman of the association, the Fundación team, which just celebrated its 25 years of history, already has a UCI Continental squad, which will be followed by a non-UCI women’s team in 2019. The Zuia native has thus taking the initial steps to also promote gender equality in ‘his’ squad.

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Palmares

15 Victories as professional

1st (2nd stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali 2019
1st (4th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico 2018
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2017
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2017
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2017
1st (19th stage) Giro d'Italia 2017
1st Giro del Trentino 2016
1st (2nd stage) Giro del Trentino 2016
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2016
1st (11th stage) Vuelta a España 2015
1st (16th stage) Giro d'Italia 2015
1st (15th stage) Giro d'Italia 2015
1st (5th stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2015
1st (4th stage) Giro del Trentino 2014
1st (5th stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2011

Other results

2nd GP MIGUEL INDURAIN 2012
2nd VUELTA A ASTURIAS 2013
2nd VUELTA COM. DE MADRID 2013
2nd GIRO DEL TRENTINO 2015
3rd GIRO DE ITALIA 2015
4th TOUR DE FRANCIA 2017
5th CLASICA SAN SEBASTIAN 2017
1st MONTAÑA GIRO DE ITALIA 2017
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Results
2019

39 Days of Racing
5967.8 Km covered

1st (3rd stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
2nd (2nd stage) Vuelta a Asturias
2nd (20th stage) Giro d'Italia
3rd (13th stage) Giro d'Italia
4th Giro d'Italia
4th Settimana Coppi e Bartali
5th (14th stage) Giro d'Italia
7th (5th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
7th Itzulia Basque Country
7th Liège-Bastogne-Liège
7th (6th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
7th (16th stage) Giro d'Italia
10th (15th stage) Giro d'Italia
11th (4th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
11th (1st stage) Vuelta a Asturias
12th (3rd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
17th (19th stage) Giro d'Italia
19th (12th stage) Giro d'Italia
19th (17th stage) Giro d'Italia
20th (3rd stage) Giro d'Italia
21th (21th stage) Giro d'Italia
22th (2nd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
23th (6th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
25th (11th stage) Giro d'Italia
28th (2nd stage) Giro d'Italia
29th (1st stage) Itzulia Basque Country
29th (9th stage) Giro d'Italia
29th (7th stage) Giro d'Italia
32th (8th stage) Giro d'Italia
32th (4th stage) Giro d'Italia
36th (1st stage) Giro d'Italia
39th (4th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
39th (5th stage) Giro d'Italia
46th (18th stage) Giro d'Italia
59th (6th stage) Giro d'Italia
70th (5th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
73th (1st stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
74th (10th stage) Giro d'Italia
147th Milano-Sanremo
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Tour de Francia

HIS ROAD TO THE 2018 TDF

31 racing days:
– Vuelta a Andalucía (6th)
– Tirreno-Adriático (6th)
– E3 Harelbeke (86th)
– Vuelta al País Vasco (2nd)
– Amstel + Flèche + Liège (36th, 42nd, 59th)
– Tour de Suisse (16th)

3rd appearance. Previous TDFs > 2017: 4th; 2016: 35th

Just one second from third place overall in Paris last season, the Basque climber will try to take that grudge off in his first TDF cap with the Movistar Team. Solid in the first half of the season, focusing on getting good results at Tirreno-Adriatico (stage win + overall top-ten) and the Vuelta al País Vasco (2nd overall) and supporting Alejandro Valverde later on in the Ardennes classics, Landa got prepared for July in altitude (Navacerrada, Madrid Sierra) before putting again a backnumber on at the Tour de Suisse, where a crash on stage two didn’t help his chances – but still coming 150 meters short to winning atop Leukerbad’s mountain.

Improving his form with another short training camp in the Pyrenees, he’s confident to shine in a race he debuted at in 2016 and where he’s worked for another multiple Grand Tour winner, Chris Froome. His ability to destroy the pelotón in the mountains could become decisive in the crucial stages of the TDF.

“Our goal is fighting for big things until the very last day. Our expectations are to fight for the maximum. I’d personally like to chase individual victory in the Tour de France, but we must see how we cope with everything aroudn this race. I was so close to making the podium last year, and that makes me think I can be up there. I’m in good form, with fresh legs and high morale and expectations. I’m sure we three leaders of the team will work harmoniously. I’ve already raced two week-long races with Nairo and got on well with him – I didn’t race that much with Alejandro, but it’s an easy-going man whom you can work with with no problems. We’ve got a really competitive them and that should make things easier. It’s a well-balanced roster, full of strength, but expert and skilled riders, some of the best you can find in the peloton, for all terrains. It’s a super team, one of the strongest if not the best at the start. This Tour’s route is well-balanced – lots of difficulties on week one, which we’ve got to get through to later aim to the win the Tour. The last two weeks have lots of mountains and a TT which might not be as decisive as other ones, since it’s ridden on the penultimate day and it’s hillier than normal.”