As things stand, Landa is currently lying 30th, at 6:42 overall behind Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), although more importantly longterm he is now nearly five minutes behind leading favourite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).
In comparison, Carapaz is now lying 20th, 3:16 down on Conti, and he has already won a stage for the second year running.
For Landa, who came into the race as Movistar’s top contender, seemingly in good form and with the idea of ending a run of bad luck and injuries in Grand Tours, the Giro has been very disappointing so far.
"I hoped not to lose so much time, and the Giro is looking very hard now," Landa, whose breakthrough result was third overall in the 2015 race, told Spanish sports daily AS.
"The only way I can fight back is to have better legs than I have had up to now. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) could become my two allies, as they have to attack after losing so much time in the San Marino time trial.
"In this first segment of racing, Movistar worked with me as the team leader and Richard was a protected rider. We’ve seen that he’s racing more strongly than me, so right now I’m on the back burner although I hope to change that situation.
"I just hope that I can repeat what I did in 2017 [when Landa crashed in the Blockhaus stage of the Giro but then bounced back to take a stage win - ed.] when I learned not to give up and fight all the way through to the final."
Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 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. Apart from working for Cyclingnews.com, he is also the cycling correspondent for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.