Landa: "Why aren't we going to aspire to be on the podium?"

The Bahrain rider ends "happy" the first week of this Tour, despite a crash on the first day and 1:21 that he gave up on the fans.


Mikel Landa arrived with Primoz Roglic, Tadej Pogacar and Egan Bernal in the second stage of the Pyrenees, which allowed him to wipe out some differences from the rest of his rivals and climb to tenth place overall (1:42 behind Roglic, the two Slovenians itched longer for the bonuses): “I felt really good and, although I see that there are people who seem to be stronger than me, I will not rule out anything from here to Paris, like getting on the podium or getting victories stage, if the opportunity arises. ”

With a "new motivation" to meet the best after "two very hard Pyrenean days", surrounded by family and their Basque countrymen on the slopes of the ports, the Alava wants to leave behind the error of the Lavaur fans to focus in climbing positions in the second week of competition: “I finish the first week happy. I fell the first day and I really hurt myself. Then I was caught by the cuts caused by the wind. I had a very bad night. That 1:21 failure penalizes me now, because in the four days in the high mountains I entered the first group of contenders for the title. ”

Indeed, without that 1:21 he would be 21 seconds behind Roglic and tied with Egan Bernal, the defending champion. Cycling fiction, since the fans also caught Pogacar, the most combative man on this Tour, who would lead the race without that slab. “It costs a lot to follow the wheel of a runner as explosive as him”, acknowledged Landa, who wrote down his registration to try to make a profit together: “Perhaps alliances can be formed in the future if they fight for common interests, I will try to closely monitor their movements and I hope that this explosiveness goes down. ”

Landa pointed out that Bernal should not be underestimated in the fight for yellow: “There was a lot of talk about whether he was fit or not as strong as last year. The truth is that he is second in the standings and that his team, Ineos, always appears at decisive moments. But the Jumbo and Roglic are not going to give anything away either as they perform well ”. Finally, he referred to a concern of the squad facing today's rest day, the PCR tests, which could eliminate the squads with two positives for COVID-19: "We trust that everything evolves with maximum normality within the that fits and that no unpleasant surprises occur ”.

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