Landa motivated by return to top of Tour de France battle

LARUNS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 06 Mikel Landa Meana of Spain and Team Bahrain Mclaren Richie Porte of Australia and Team Trek Segafredo Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Breakaway during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 9 a 153km stage from Pau to Laruns 495m TDF2020 LeTour on September 06 2020 in Laruns France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Mikel Landa on Sunday's stage 9 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Down and almost out in the Tour de France on Friday, back in the game on Saturday and up with the biggest favourites on Sunday, Mikel Landa's tradition of roller-coaster Grand Tour racing continued unabated in this year's race. The Bahrain McLaren leader was confident that he has yet to reach his upper limit.

More than four years have come and gone since Dave Brailsford signed Mikel Landa, who placed third in the 2015 Giro d'Italia, and told Cyclingnews he was a future major contender for the Grand Tours, saying, "He's got an 'X' factor, that makes you think 'this is a big star in the making'."

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