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by Matt de Neef
October 30, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko leads after two stages in Hainan; Chris Froome “wins” the inaugural Shanghai Criterium; Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer win the London Six-Day; Froome expects significant “challenge” from Dumoulin in the future; Mikel Landa — I would have liked a warmer welcome from Quintana; Shane Sutton to work with Chinese national team; Monte Zoncolan and Rome TT on the cards for 2018 Giro; Zak Dempster among three riders to renew with the Israel Cycling Academy; US cyclist makes thoughts on Trump known; Froome and Kittel arm-wrestle in China; When tricks on the track go wrong.
After two years with Team Sky, Mikel Landa is set to move to Movistar in 2018 where he’ll ride alongside Nairo Quintana. It would seem that there could already be some tension brewing between the two GC contenders.
Quintana told El Pais “I am the leader of the team and I am the leader for the Tour”, adding “If Alejandro [Valverde] comes to support me, it would be a blessing, and if Landa comes, the same. That would be a great team to take on strong teams like Sky.”
Asked about Quintana’s comments by Mundo Deportivo, Landa commented: “Obviously, I would have liked to get a different welcome, but I’m going to his house, and from what I can see, it looks like he doesn’t like it.” But, Landa continued, team manager Eusebio Unzue “will be able to manage our egos well and get the most out of everyone.”
“It takes a little bit of pressure away,” Landa continued. “Having [Quintana] on the same side I think it can be very positive and between us, we can do much more damage than individually.”
Follow the link to read more at Mundo Deportivo.