Sporting twist in Mikel Landa’s career. The cyclist from Alava, who turns 34 on December 13, will become Remco Evenepoel’s main domestique for the 2024 season, in which the flamenco phenomenon, now 23, will debut on the Tour. landauntil December, including the Vuelta, will continue in the whole of the Bahrainwhere he has shared leadership with Pello Bilbao, who next season will become the main leader of the Arab squad.
landa has already committed itself to the Belgian squadron of the Soudal Quick Stepwhich leads evenepoehe. This team is reinforcing itself for the grand tours, since it traditionally stood out as a group for classics that faced three-week races far from any aspiration in the general and focused on winning stages.
changing of the guard
With Evenepoel everything has changed and they need powerful and consistent riders to help them in races like the Tour. Hence the arrival of landa to the Belgian structure and the possible change of employment of Julian Alaphilippe, who has been quite depleted for two seasons, especially as a result of the falls.
landa He already had a first experience as a gregarious when he ran with Sky and was a key player in the victory of Chris Froome in the 2017 French round, which finished in fourth position after losing third place to romain bardet by just a second apart. Later he joined Movistar where he shared leadership with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana. The relationship between the Colombian corridor and landa it was never good. Since 2020 she has raced with Bahrain.
Two podiums in the Giro
As main successes in the sports career of landa there are two third places in the Giro, the years 2015 and 2022. He has also won stages in the Italian round itself and in the Vuelta. The runner enjoys great popularity, however, especially in the Basque Country, where he has managed to create a true religion around him called ‘landismo’.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) allows teams to announce signings for the following season as of August 1, which is what the UCI squad has now done. evenepoelwho last week won the World Time Trial and who faces the Vuelta, starting on the 26th, with the aim of achieving a second consecutive victory.