Could Mikel Landa join Chris Froome at the Tour de France?

Mikel Landa says it would be "a pleasure" to ride for Chris Froome at the Tour de France in July but admits it's too early to decide his new schedule

Following his abandonment from the Giro d’Italia on stage 10, Team Sky‘s Mikel Landa now has a few gaps on his season’s schedule.

Had he finished the 21 stages and challenged for the overall title the Spaniard would probably have been given a long rest and possibly have returned to ride the Vuelta a España as a leader or super domestique in August and September.

Now, however, there is a possibility that Landa could join Team Sky’s squad for the Tour de France in July, supporting Chris Froome‘s bid for a third title in four years.

“If they took me to the Tour to help Chris, it would be a pleasure,” Landa said in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS the day after his abandonment.

“It is still too early to speculate about new plans. I need to recuperate and then I will decide on where I will compete.”

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Landa flew back to his Basque Country home on Wednesday to begin his recovery from the stomach bug that forced him to climb off his bike on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old has never ridden the Tour de France but would surely be a huge benefit to Froome in the mountains stages and provide Sky with another option should their leader struggle.

With the likes of Geraint Thomas, Wout Poels and Mikel Nieve likely to be at Froome’s side at the Tour, Sky would have a pretty formidable squad in the race if Landa was added as well.

But would Landa then have enough in the tank to be competitive at the Vuelta if he rode the Tour? With Froome coming off the back of a Tour challenge and a bid to win gold in both the Olympic Games road race and time trial he may not be in a position to sustain his form and fitness through to the middle of September.

It’s a mouthwatering prospect for Sky, but will it be worth risking results in later races?