In an interview with a Basque newspaper, Mikel Landa confirms he will ride for Team Sky in 2016 and will lead the team at a Grand Tour

Mikel Landa has confirmed he will ride for Team Sky in 2016, saying that the British squad have offered him something that Astana couldn’t.

The Spaniard wanted to lead a team at a Grand Tour, but with Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru the favoured leaders in the stable, Landa felt he had to move elsewhere.

Despite showing his stage race credentials, finishing second in the Giro del Trentino before a third-place finish at the Giro d’Italia, Landa says the Kazakh team never appreciated his leadership qualities.

“The team has never considered me a leader,” he said in an interview with Basque newspaper Deia. “I wish I had the responsibility on occasion. Not because they had always say their leader and signed him for that, but I would have liked a little responsibility, feel valued in this regard.”

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  • Aurelio

    I agree with you he can be a better classics rider, winning Monuments like Tour de Flanders and Paris-Roubaix than a GT contender. I don´t know if he will be able to climb against Quintana, Aru or even Landa in a more montain friendly GT like this year´s Tour every single day, imagine that in the Giro or Vuelta that are known to be less balanced than the Tour.

  • Aurelio

    Good for him! He deserves a shot at winning a GT after his 2015 Giro. But did Landa read the fine print on the contract? I remember Froome saying things about promises that were made by Sir David Brailsford and not kept about his role in the 2012 Tour. Sky has a lot of good riders who can be team captain for the Giro and the Vuelta and they are with the team longer.

  • RobTM

    Well GT seems to be leaning towards classics.. he did do well for long while in TdF, not sure if that translates to consistency required for top places in GC on a grand tour

  • reece46

    Handing over a large wad to Vino is like buying a used car off Del Boy, never know if what you see is what you’re getting, hope they’ve done their homework.

  • blemcooper

    Isn’t Sky grooming Thomas to become a GT leader? Has Roche’s time as a GT leader passed (unless a GT departs from Ireland again)?