The good gregarious Landa

He wore Richard Carapaz, logical, but it would be better not to burn him completely and keep that bullet available, without it supposing returning to the cry of #FreeLanda.


Mikel Landa assumed this Tuesday gregarious functions for Richard Carapaz, with official and without qualms. It is not the first time that we see him accept this role. Two of his great moments as a cyclist were working for a leader. First, in Giro 2015, when it was stopped in Astana in favor of Fabio Aru. He finished third in the general. Then, on Tour 2017, when it was braked on the Sky to clot to Chris Froome. He finished fourth in París. In both races he had something else in his legs, but he could not develop it because the chevrons command. Those two superb irruptions made Landa meditate, that during that summer he did not cut himself in expressing his ambitions: "Wherever I go, I want to be the leader" . In parallel arose a protest label in the networks, # FreeLanda, precursor of the current # Landismo.

Your destination was el Movistar, where last year shared an uncomfortable and ambiguous tricefalia with Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Meanwhile, in the shade it grew Carapaz, which closed the course as the best classified of the team in a big one: cuarto in the Giro. Now the Ecuadorian has made another leap and dressed pink jersey with aplomb in the absence of five stages. Against this background, Landa has returned to put on the suit of work without objections in el Mortirolo, with good performance: Nibali, neutralized, and Roglic, distanced. A few minutes earlier, his partner Imanol Erviti said in Eurosport that he was in favor of continuing with the strategy that had worked best: the coordination between the two. Landa helped the leader, logical, but it would be better not to burn him completely and keep that bullet available, without it supposing to return to the cry of # FreeLanda.



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