Mikel Landa: a high level and a future to be defined

Mikel Landa ends his contract at the end of the year and wants to have a good season to solve his future. He put together a great performance in the Flecha-Wallona, ​​finishing in third position, and is signing a good first part of the campaign that only lacks victory. Ineos considered incorporating him at the end of last year and now Trek, Astana and Bahrain-Victorious itself have tested him. As a backdrop, and always a guaranteed destination, he landed her at Euskaltel-Euskadi to close his professional career. What Mikel is clear about is that he wants two-year contracts. He is currently 33 and wants to crystallize his decision as soon as possible.

-How are you?

-Well, I have felt at a good level at the beginning of the season and I have always been showing my face. I have missed winning a few races but I have been close on some occasions, such as in the two second places in Itzulia, in Villabona and in Santurtzi. I feel like it because I haven’t won a stage or race in a while.

Liège?

-It is very hard, but they have removed some heights and that disadvantages climbers like me. Let’s hope it’s a tough race so we can be in the fight.

-And from there?

-Then rest a bit for the Tour. We’ll see what races can be done.

-The season has started very well, hasn’t it?

-I am happy. Other years he was focused on the Giro and could not have the peak of form now at this time of the year. I was on the podium in Andalusia, in Itzulia and in other races like Tirreno or Volta I have always been with the best.

-But then people like Pogaçar, Roglic or Vingegaard arrive and everything becomes cloudy.

-Yes, there are four runners who are on another level, really. But you have to be careful in case they fail.

-Satisfied with the second position in Itzulia?

-Yes a lot. She has helped me to gain confidence in the face of what lies ahead.

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-There have been many complaints like that of Rigoberto Urán due to declining arrivals. The clearest example was that of the Navarrese stage that ended in Leitza. What is his opinion about it?

-Look, it’s the home race, the most special and also organized by people from here. I’ll leave it there, I prefer not to talk.

-The Tour will be the key moment of the season, right?

– Exactly, he also leaves the house and it will be something historic. Many times you see it on television but now you can enjoy it from the inside, as a runner. And that is a privilege.

-Objective in that race?

-I’m going to fight for the podium and, if possible, try to win a stage. You have to be ambitious in your approaches and then you’ll see. It is also true that I need a hard port at the end of some stage.

-How do you see the layout?

-Well, it’s good for climbers. There is little time trial and, on the day of the time trial, it will be uphill. In the last week there are several high finishes and a lot of accumulated unevenness. I feel very well and what I assure you is that I am going to fight it.

-Will you run the Vuelta?

-It is a race that I really like but you have to compete in it only if you are in good condition. The year of my fall in the Giro I arrived very just and in the end I had to retire. You have to go with options to dispute, not go to go.

-And, about Landismo, what do you tell me?

-It is very nice to see that people support you and believe in your possibilities. It is something very beautiful.

-What do you ask of the year in general?

-That there are no injuries or falls. And then, well, to give everything to try to achieve the objectives

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