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by Neal Rogers
July 18, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway; Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashes out at Cyclingnews journalist; LeMond: Forget loyalty, Landa should go for Tour de France title; Quintana: ‘It’s not easy to go through such pain’; British Cycling faces crisis if reforms aren’t voted through; Simon Spilak renews contract with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Onboard footage of bringing Michael Matthews to Tour de France sprint; Video: Bauke Mollema’s son reacts to TV images of father’s Tour de France stage win.
Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond told Reuters that he believes Sky rider Mikel Landa is making a mistake by riding in service of defending champion Chris Froome. It’s a subject that strikes a nerve for LeMond, who was the strongest rider of the 1985 Tour but was relegated into a super-domestique role for teammate and eventual winner Bernard Hinault.
“[Landa] has been the one who’s been used a lot to others’ benefits, so he’s got to start racing for himself,” said LeMond, who is on the Tour as an analyst for Eurosport. “I learned that lesson. I would never repeat that if I could.”
Landa currently sits sixth overall, 1:17 behind Froome, but despite his work as a domestique, the Spaniard has made a big impression in the mountain stages, beating his leader in the finish in Peyragudes on Stage 12.
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“Landa is much stronger than Chris, much stronger,” said LeMond. “It’s like he’s floating. If I were Landa I would not wait, I would go for the overall victory. There are no gifts in cycling. Have a mano a mano, Froome against Landa,”
Landa’s contract expires at the end of the year and the rumor mill has him set to join Spanish team Movistar. “If Landa is leaving there are no gifts, they won’t appreciate his sacrifice,” LeMond said. “But he’ll live with that loss for the rest of his life.”
For more, click through to read the full story at Reuters.com.