In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain
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After a Tour de France where it was clear where he was frustrated at times with a constraining team role, Mikel Landa has finalised a deal where he will move away from Team Sky. Movistar has announced that he will join the squad for two years, starting January, and that it sees him as filling a major role.
“It’s great news for us,” general manager Eusebio Unzué said of the 27-year-old’s move. “Being still a young rider and with everything that’s he’s shown, he should be the rider who leads Spanish cycling for the next few years.”
Landa took a stage win and the King of the Mountains jersey in the Giro d’Italia and then showed his strength in the Tour de France, being one of very few riders to perform well in both races. He finished fourth overall, just one second off the podium, and appeared at times to be strong enough to ride away from the other contenders. He previously finished third overall in the 2015 Giro and took two stage wins.
His other successes include a stage in the 2015 Vuelta a España, plus overall victories and stage wins in the Giro del Trentino and the Vuelta a Burgos.
It remains to be seen how Landa’s move will sync with current riders Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Having felt frustrated at riding for others before, he could potentiall find himself in the same position, at least in the short run.