Mikel Landa: 'I'd have preferred a different welcome from Quintana'

The Spaniard responds to his new Movistar team-mate's quip about leadership

Mikel Landa on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Mikel Landa says he'd have preferred a 'different' welcome from Nairo Quintana to Movistar after the Colombian said last week that he was the definitive leader of the Tour de France.

Landa leaves Team Sky at the end of 2017 to join Spanish team Movistar in search of more leadership opportunities at Grand Tours, having finished fourth at this year's Tour despite riding in support of Chris Froome.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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