Mikel Landa on Quick-Step: Commitment is imminent

The soap opera is nearing its end. Lots of rumours, lots of guesswork and one of the most exciting transfer chapters on this market that is about to end. A runner hasn’t been short of girlfriends in his career, but at this point in the film, signing with one of the best teams in the world is an offer you can’t refuse. Although instead of leading, whether to be sociable in true luxury from one of the best runners in the world: Remco Evenepoel.

Of course we talk about it Mikel Landa, which, according to recent events, appears to have finally defoliated the daisy. As you have realized Patrick Lefevere, leader of the Soudal Quick-Step ensemble, in a recent interview for the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, The arrival of the Basque bishop in their ranks is imminent: “The transfer of Mikel Landa can now be completed at any time.” It should be noted that Lefevere himself, who is not used to mincing his words, has pointed out several names of riders he wanted but could not sign: “We would have liked to have had Pavel Sivakov or Laurens De Plus, but the first was too expensive and Laurens decided to stay in Ineos. We were also interested in Carlos Verona but he signed back in February.

future in the air

Undoubtedly, the addition of Landa would enhance the squad of Knappen that Evenepoel can command in the grand tours, especially in one The Tour de France should be his big goal in 2024. However, the Belgian’s environment is not only gratifying, as his father believes that the leap in quality that the team is making with Landa is not yet enough. “First we have to wait and see how the team develops. Remco would like to stay but would rather be competitive on the Tour next year. In order to face Vingegaard and Pogacar, the team has to take not one, but several steps forward. You must have the best material, diet, physique and training. We’re just not sure right now if all of this is realistic with Soudal Quick-Step. Maybe in three years, but Remco wants to compete next year,” argued Patrick Evenepoel La Derniere Heure.

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An uncertain future that Lefevere makes no secret of, as he recently admitted the contact of some top teams who intend to sign their top runner: “Yes, there is interest from other teams. Not only from Ineos. Five great teams have already contacted me. Three of them made concrete proposals. The consequences of a possible departure will be unforeseeable for both him and us.” Will Landa be the solution to keep Remco?

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