Indurain: "Mikel Landa is an old-fashioned runner, capable of the best and the worst"

Speaking to Europa Press the five-time champion of the Tour de France analyzed how the Alava arrives at the Grande Boucle, where he sees Chris Froome as a great favorite.


The five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain said that Movistar Team runner Mikel Landa is an "old-fashioned runner, capable of doing the best and the worst" , although he is confident that the fourth position achieved by the Alava in the Giro feed your morale to face a Tour de France "for climbers" .

"Landa is the old-fashioned runners, who when inspired is able to do the best and when not focused, do not count on him. . The runners are able to do the best or the worst, and it was important that they get confidence in the Giro and in the face of the Tour they talk about being in good shape and that they are going to do well ", said in statements to Europa Press.

Miguel Indurain is confident that Landa will overcome the physical ballast of the previous months to shine in the next Tour, from July 6 to 28, and in which he could once again share the leadership with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana.

"Froome is the top favorite. Now the whole world is going. Those who have not done the Giro, those who have fallen as Dumoulin or those who already focused everything on the Tour as Thomas or Froome. It is an opportunity for climbers because there is practically no time trial. The template of good runners is important, "he said in reference to the favorites to the podium in Paris.

Respect to the past Giro, Indurain, who participated this Sunday in the eighteenth edition of the Rotor Sierra Norte cycling tour by Santander, regretted that Movistar started "a fair bit" and that Alejandro Valverde's loss "decentered him a bit" . "They did not know who to bet for and it took them a bit to start. Mikel followed his style, sometimes focused, other costs and seems to have finished focused and now wants to go for the Tour ", analyzed.

In this regard, he declared himself" surprised "by the triumph of 'Movistar' Richard Carapaz. "He was one of the men who was there, but to win I did not see him. He has handled the pressure of the last week very well. Last year he finished fourth. He is a runner who goes for more and the counter-races are what choke him a bit, but he has survived this Giro, "he said.

The victory of Carapaz was, according to the Navarrese champion, the from a 'survivor' to falls and bad luck, which "has truncated many expectations." "Roglic had a very intense season and the last week has been as long as last year to Yates. Nibali has been fine and Carapaz thought he was going to have a hard time. But the team has taken it focused on the experience it has, "said

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Miguel Indurain, ambassador of the initiative 123aCorrer of Banco Santander, participated this Saturday in a training session with the specialized press for the Sierra de Madrid in which he promoted the Ports of Morcuera and Canencia On Sunday it disputed the eighteenth edition of the Rotor Sierra Norte march by Santander, sponsored by the financial entity, in the distance of Medio Fondo, 85 kilometers.

In the training last Saturday Indurain was accompanied by a group of journalists, some of whom with the Navarre excorredor already coincided in the Vuelta 123 Indurain, which linked in June last year Santander and Madrid in just four stages.

The mini-protest led by Indurain departed from Miraflores de la Sierra before to face the ascent to Puerto de la Morcuera and cross Ra scafría, Lozoya, Canencia, and the final climb to Puerto de Canencia before descending until returning to Miraflores.



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