Landa and Poels firmly focussed on Tour de France 2020

Wout Poels at the Bahrain McLaren training camp
Wout Poels at the Bahrain McLaren training camp (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The start of the 2020 Tour de France, in the southern resort city of Nice, may still lie over six months away, but two men at this week's Bahrain McLaren training camp had their minds firmly focussed on next summer's race.

Mikel Landa and Wout Poels, both major new additions to the overhauled squad, are building their 2020 campaigns around the race. The pair, reunited after racing together at Team Sky in 2016 and 2017, join Bahrain from teams where their chances of personal success have taken a back seat to others – whether that was by design or accident.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix