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by Mark Zalewski
February 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: With more UCI safety provisions on the way, teams’ group says progress is being made; Tour of Oman begins Tuesday with wide open field; Landa ready to begin 2017 campaign; Meersman deals with life after cycling; Cyclocross junior world champ pondering dual CX/road career; Tour de Galiyat brings rival nations together; Rapha’s London Nocturne race expanding; Where cycling is hazardous to your health; Wiggins leaves ‘The Jump’ with leg fracture; Video: Tony Spray – Poetry in Paint; Video: Training camp with Wanty-Groupe Gobert; Video: Valverde shows off ace bike handling skills.
Team Sky’s Mikel Landa is starting his 2017 season this week at the Ruta del Sol, with the larger goal of winning the Giro d’Italia in May. In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca he said after a turbulent 2016 he is more relaxed entering this season.
Former teammates Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) exchang a few words as they cross the finish line at a stage of the 2016 Tour de France.
“Last year there were many changes,” he said. “Not only was I on a new team, but my role was different. At Astana, I was initially a domestique and a rider who was not noticed. At Sky I was a leader. That was a big change. Now after a year I approach everything calmer and more relaxed.”
Landa said he sees Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vinczenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) as the two as top favourites. For himself, he will be sharing the leadership role with Geraint Thomas, something he sees as an advantage.
“Thomas is a very good rider, so he will also be a leader. We can join forces and make the team around us stronger. I do not know if I’m going to wear the higher bib number, we have not discussed that yet. I think we will split the race on equal terms and then the race will tell us who is better and who has more options.
“My condition is good, I am seeing good values during training. But I have not ridden long races and riders who have already raced in Valencia and the Tour Down Under will have the advantage. It will not be easy for me to compete for victory, but I hope I do well and leave with a good feeling.”
Click through to read more at Marca.