Landa: 'You've got to keep your eyes on the ball all the time'

Last year at Astana, Mikel Landa’s third place overall in the Giro d’Italia and two mountain stage wins represented a massive breakthrough for the Basque professional. This year, Landa, 26, will head Team Sky’s bid to win the Giro d’Italia in his first ever Grand Tour as team leader. He talked to Cyclingnews about the biggest challenge of his career to date.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.