Mikel Landa announces race calendar in run up to Giro d’Italia

New Team Sky signing Mikel Landa plans to ride at least 22 days before the Giro d'Italia in May, with the possibility of riding Liege-Bastogne-Liege as well

Mikel Landa joined Team Sky in one of the most interesting transfers this offseason, and the Spaniard is set to lead his new team at the Giro d’Italia.

Having helped Fabio Aru to second in the Giro and victory at the Vuelta a España with Astana in 2015, Landa will have his shot for personal glory in next year’s first Grand Tour.

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The Spaniard plans to race at least 22 days before the start of the Giro, with four stage races in his diary, with the option of racing in the Ardennes as well. He rode 17 days before the Giro in 2015 because an illness forced him out of some of the early-season races.

Landa will start his season at the Tour of Valencia (February 3-7) before heading to the Tirreno-Adriatico between March 9 and 15. April will see Landa race at least twice – at the Tour of the Basque Country (April 4-9) and the Giro del Trentino (April 19-22).

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According to Biciciclismo, Landa will race Liege-Bastogne-Liege (April 24) if he feels he is already on form for the Giro, which starts on May 6. If he feels he is not fully prepared after Trentino, Landa says he will rest and continue training for the three-week race.

The 26-year-old also has eyes on the Olympic Games road race, according to Biciciclismo, although Spanish coach Javier Minguez is said to favour those riders who will contest the Tour de France, such as Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez.

Sky are yet to announce whether Landa will be part of the team to help Chris Froome defend his Tour de France title, so his participation in the Olympics is still up in the air.