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by Neal Rogers
July 22, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boasson Hagen solos from breakaway to win Stage 19 at Tour de France; Huffman, Rose win Cascade time trial as Mannion, Dragoo move into GC lead; Froome: Landa could challenge for Tour de France victory in 2018; Phil Anderson breaks collarbone, ribs in cycling accident; Gaviria injured training, suffers hematoma to calf muscle that requires surgery; Cannondale-Drapac announces new partnership with global media giant Oath; Garmin acquires cycling aerodynamics company Alphamantis Technologies; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 19 highlights.
Team Sky’s Mikel Landa can come back next year and challenge Chris Froome for a Tour de France victory, the three-time champion and current race leader told Agence France Presse.
Landa, Froome’s teammate at Team Sky, sits fourth overall,1:36 behind Froome, heading into Saturday’s Stage 20 time trial — despite working for Froome throughout the race. The 27-year-old Spaniard is leaving Team Sky at the end of the year to look for a role as a team leader. Froome said he has no doubts Landa will challenge him in 2018.
“He did have a tough first week in this year’s race, but keeping in mind he did the Giro d’Italia, he’s come up through the race remarkably well,” said Froome. “He’s really been there for me in the moments when it’s been tough up there in the mountains. I’m extremely grateful for that. He’s got the engine to ride with the best in the world and he’s certainly capable of coming back to contest the overall victory.”
In his two years at Team Sky, Landa has been given a leadership role at the Giro d’Italia. However he quit the race in 2016 on Stage 10 while sitting eighth overall, citing illness. This year, he was made co-leader with Geraint Thomas, however a crash on stage 9 ended his overall hopes, and he battled back to win Stage 19 and the King of the Mountains jersey.
On the second rest day of the Tour, Landa — who left Astana in 2015 after playing second fiddle to Fabio Aru — stated unequivocally that he wants to be a team leader for the Tour de France. “Let’s be clear about this, this can’t happen to me again. I won’t go back to being a No. 2 [rider],” Landa said. “You have to make the right decision relating to your personal objectives. I’ve been through that experience with Astana and it’s happening again. Life is about the decisions you make for your own interests and the confidence you have in yourself.”
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