‘I went for victory and didn’t look back’: should Mikel Landa have waited for Chris Froome at Peyragudes?

Chris Froome loses yellow jersey on summit finish to Peyragudes

Mikel Landa crosses the line on stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The loyalty of Team Sky domestique Mikel Landa came into question after he left leader Chris Froome behind on stage 12 of the Tour de France to Peyragudes on Thursday.

When the race exploded and Froome slipped behind in the final few hundred metres, the Spaniard raced for the race win at the high Pyrenean airport strip, while Froome lost 22 seconds and with it the yellow jersey.

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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.