Landa: "I do not rule out the podium and I will fight to achieve it"

The Spaniard is seventh overall, 42 seconds behind Rigoberto Urán, now third: "Saving such a difficult day is almost a victory."


Mikel Landa moved up another place in the general standings at the Grand Colombier. Now he's running seventh, 2:16 behind Primoz Roglic. He passed Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana, but Richie Porte passed him thanks to his third place and the bonus: “I feel quite tired. The last four days of the Massif Central and the Jura, no, the second whole week, it was very hard and stressful. For example, at the Grand Colombier I saved a very important day. I didn't have the best legs, which means almost a victory as I hardly give in to the favorites I meet in the fight for the podium in Paris. ”

The cajon remains his main objective: “I assume that I am not the strongest on the Tour. However, we are all going to the limit. The third week will offer ground to close more gaps, so I must stay focused, seize the opportunities and fight for a position of honor. Every day there will be a battle and I have to be prepared for action. The Jumbo controls us and crushes us. Perhaps outside of the fight between Roglic and Pogacar the race will be more open ”. The Spaniard will reach the second rest day 42 seconds from the provisional third place, held by Rigoberto Urán. The time trial at La Planche des Belles Filles does not favor him at all, even if he ends up climbing: “I will have to try to take advantage of the rivals before the time trial, in the three Alpine stages. After that there will be no room for maneuver. ”

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