Mikel Landa

Mikel Landa played domestique to Chris Froome at the Tour de France in 2016 and 2017

Nationality: Spanish
Date of birth: December 13, 1989
Height: 173cm
Weight: 60kg
Team: Team Sky
Twitter: @MikelLandaMeana

Mikel Landa: 2017 season

Mikel Landa is a Spanish road cyclist who rides for Team Sky, and was instrumental in the team’s success at the 2017 Tour de France – supporting winner Chris Froome as well as taking fourth overall himself.

Landa also rode the Giro d’Italia in 2017, aiming for the GC alongside dual leader Geraint Thomas, but lost time as a result of a crash on stage nine. Thomas was forced to abandon, but Landa continued the race – eventually scooping the climber’s jersey.

At the Tour de France, he worked for Froome, in particular pacing him back onto a group of GC riders on stage 15 – after a mechanical might otherwise have cost the British rider the race.

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.