Mikel Landa says 'Geraint Thomas is now the clear leader of Ineos'

Landa says his Movistar team 'have to attack to make up the time'

Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa on stage 21 of the Tour de France 2018 (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Geraint Thomas is the boss at Team Ineos as he rides the 2019 Tour de France to defend his 2018 title, according to former team-mate and current rival Mikel Landa (Movistar).

Thomas began as Ineos' only former Tour winner after Chris Froome's crash and broken femur, but Ineos selected 22-year-old Egan Bernal as co-leader among their eight-man roster. As the stages tick by, however, Thomas looks consistent and ready to defend his title.

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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.