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by Matt de Neef
November 21, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Richie Porte to be BMC’s sole leader for the 2017 Tour de France; Philippe Gilbert ordered to repay 300,000 Euros to Omega Pharma-Lotto; Koksijde CX World Cup cancelled due to dangerous winds; Miles Scotston signs with BMC; Brazilian Pro Continental team suspended after three positive tests; Mikel Landa to again focus on the Giro in 2017; Peter Sagan hasn’t ruled out MTBing in 2017; Man charged after injuring cyclist in West Melbourne hit-and-run; $1.3 million in fines for NSW cyclists since new laws introduced in March; When the supertuck goes wrong; Huge crowds at the Tour du Rwanda.
Mikel Landa went into the 2016 Giro d’Italia as the leader of Team Sky but things didn’t go to plan, with the Basque rider falling ill and abandoning the race on stage 10. In 2017, Landa will hope to make amends, again targeting the Giro as his main goal for the season.
“The Giro is going to be the big objective again next year,” Landa told the Spanish sports daily MARCA. “We will bring a competitive team. My calendar will be more or less the same as last year … with Tirreno, Catalunya and Giro del Trentino to arrive at the Giro in top shape.
“For me, for its terrain and its weather, the Giro is the grand tour that fits me best. Even though every year, the courses change, so there will be years I focus on the Giro, and others on the Vuelta. On paper, the Giro is the best of the grand tours that suits my style.”
There had been rumours that Chris Froome would ride the 2017 Giro, the Italian grand tour’s 100th edition, but with Landa set to be Sky’s man, it would appear Froome will focus on winning a fourth Tour de France title.
Click through to read more at MARCA.