Landa tunes for the Giro in the Tour of the Basque Country

The Movistar Alava corridor has proposed to set the txapela in the Tour of the Basque Country to hit the table facing the Giro. Thomas and Astana will try to deny him.

Zumarraga gives the start signal to an Itzulia (name established since last year for the Tour of the Basque Country) that begins by announcing excitement, since the individual time trial that used to close it has been located this time in the first stage, to open its mouth. Over 11.2 kilometers, the first screening will start. Almost all the eyes settle on Geraint Thomas, for the pedigree that is brought as the last winner of the Tour; Julien Alaphilippe, possibly the most outstanding runner so far this year; and Astana, the most fit team. All of them are the big obstacles in the way of Mikel Landa in search of the txapela and finding the best sensations facing the Giro.

After the aperitif against the clock, the caravan is waiting for another 773 kilometers, in order to cover the six stages of the round, in which they have been distributed 22 mountain highs, five of first category, two of second and 15 of third. Those climbs, the chrono and the bonuses of each stage (10, 6 and 4 seconds in the finish line, and 3, 2 and 1 in the special sprint) will decide who happens in the palmarés to the Slovenian Roglic, who also prepares the Giro but has preferred not to travel the roads of Euskadi.

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Landa aspires to climb that rung that was put forward last year, in which he finished second. Portará the number 1 in the absence of Roglic. In addition, no previous victor in the race will take the start. Ion Izagirre who has made the set-up for the Basque Country in the Teide and assumes his favoritism.

Mikel, persecuted by the falls lately, ran on Saturday the Grand Prix Miguel Indurain in Estella thinking already in the Itzulia, which arrives with only eight days of competition in the legs due to his accident at the beginning of the year in the Challenge de Mallorca. But in this short space of time he has given to win the second stage of the Coppi-Bartali. "It has been very good for me, I did not expect it," he admits. He has sweated on the roller and has taken great care of the food. "I am aware that I come to compete against people who have much more rhythm than me, Tirreno, Paris-Nice, the Volta, and it shows," he continues.

Landa is practically the only bullet of Movistar. Enric Mas, the other pearl of Spanish cycling and sixth overall last year after winning the queen stage at the Arrate sanctuary, hopes not to be too far. Many participants fear the second stage, which ends in Gorraiz, which includes the 4,800 meters of sterrato (dirt road) and 4,100 meters of cement in the final 60 km.

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