Mikel Landa (Movistar) has been participating in the semiklassieker Dwars door Vlaanderen on march 28, confirmed. He intends to prepare on the ninth ride in the upcoming Tour de France where the riders 22 km cobblestones presented. The Facing gives a clear signal to team-mate Nairo Quintana that he is the Tour seriously and not to want to attract as a servant.
In the Tour of 2017 finished Landa just one second of Romain Bardet and fell just next to the stage. He appeared several times with the handbrake on to drive to his former team leader and overall winner Chris Froome. Landa made in 2018, the switch from Team Sky to Movistar. He left the British formation to out of the shadows to join of Chris Froome.
Nairo Quintana was the past few years, the permanent team leader for Movistar in large rounds, he mentioned earlier to know that he is the team leader wants to continue. The Colombian came in the Tour of 2017 is not only Quintana ended when only twelfth. Eight places after Landa.
It is so, but the question of who is the team leader for Movistar in the coming Tour of France. May have to share the two to be the leader. Landa proves his participation in Dwars door Vlaanderen in any case that he is the Tour seriously.
However, it is not the first time that a rondekopman of Movistar makes its appearance in a Flemish voorjaarskoers. In 2015, reed Nairo Quintana both Across Flanders and the E3 Harelbeke, keeping in mind round trip reserved to Cambrai in the same year. In 2014 took Alejandro Valverde also took part in both courses.
Also Romain Bardet, third in the Tour of 2017, accumulates in Dwars door Vlaanderen to make on the infamous ninth Touretappe, that the riders in 154 kilometres will be run from Arras to Roubaix. On the road waiting for the peloton at that stage but less than fifteen strips, good for 22 kilometres of cobblestones. Under the historic sectors of Mons-en-Pévèle and Camphin-en-Pévèle will be affected.