Mikel Landa is a Spanish road cyclist who rides for Movistar.
The Spaniard just missed a podium spot at the 2017 Tour, where he came fourth after supporting then team mate, Chris Froome (Team Sky).
Landa went to the 2018 Tour de France as a leader alongside former runner-up Nairo Quintana and 2015’s third-place rider Alejandro Valverde.
Mikel Landa: career to date
Mikel Landa first arrived on the pro scene in 2009, riding for the Orbea Continental development team. He then moved on to take a place on Euskaltel-Euskadi in 2011, eventually joining Astana for the 2014 season.
There, he worked for Fabio Aru as a domestique at the Giro d’Italia – playing a pivotal role in ferrying him to third overall.
In 2015, he took the win on stage five of his home race – the Tour of the Basque Country. That same year, he began the Giro as a pawn to assist Aru. However, on stage 16, Landa moved into second on GC, ahead of his Italian team mate – before Aru put his stamp back on the race on stage 19.
On stage 20, Landa appeared stronger, attacking and leaving Aru and leader Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) behind. He did, however, wait for Aru in the end – the pair working to take time from Contador.
The end result of the 2015 Giro d’Italia battle was that Contador took the overall, with Aru second, 2 minutes 02 seonds back and Landa third, behind by 3 minutes 14 seconds.
The in-team competition at the Giro raised eyebrows, but Landa had 2016 sorted: he joined Team Sky.
That year he won the Giro del Trentino, also claiming stage two of the Tour of the Basque Country. He took on the Giro d’Italia, too – but abandoned on stage 10 due to illness – an unfortunate loss to the team after he had moved into 8th place overall.
He recovered to race the 2016 Tour de France, where he played mountain domestique to Chris Froome.
The same was true in 2017, where Landa finished fourth overall, as wll as riding the Giro d’Italia, aiming for the GC alongside dual leader Geraint Thomas.
Thomas was forced to abandon after a crash on stage nine, where Landa also lost time but continued the race – eventually scooping the climber’s jersey.