Landa eyes possible switch of Grand Tour plans after Giro d'Italia podium

Bahrain Victorious racer Mikel Landa during the 2022 Giro d'Italia
Bahrain Victorious racer Mikel Landa during the 2022 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images)

Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) is contemplating a change of Grand Tour plan this summer after returning to the Giro d’Italia podium for the first time in seven years.

Landa claimed his previous Grand Tour podium in 2015 when he also finished third in the Giro d’Italia in what was at the time a breakthrough result for the Basque.

Even if his dream of finishing the 2022 Giro d’Italia in pink could not be fulfilled, in a race where numerous pre-Giro favourites fell out of contention, the Bahrain Victorious racer nonetheless has achieved more than enough to continue in his role as a Grand Tour specialist.

He even described the third place as the most satisfying result of his career, given that for once, with no bad luck, injuries or crashes that have plagued his career in the past, his performance lived up to his own pre-race expectations.

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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.