Mikel Landa takes over Astana leadership as Aru fades at the Giro d'Italia

As Astana team leader Fabio Aru has struggled in the Giro d'Italia's mountains, the squad's Mikel Landa has flourished, taking two stage wins

Mikel Landa leads Aru and Contador on stage sixteen of the 2015 Tour of Italy

(Image credit: Watson)

Astana has not made it clear, but the Kazakh team in turquoise essentially handed the Giro d'Italia leadership from a fading Fabio Aru to Mikel Landa 10 kilometres from the finish in Aprica.

Team manager Giuseppe Martinelli drove up alongside the Basque and shouted. Its unclear, but it the famed Italian manager might have said: "Go Mikel, this team's yours!"

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.