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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