Mikel Landa ends first Tour de France as sole team leader on a high

LA PLANCHE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 19 Mikel Landa Meana of Spain and Team Bahrain Mclaren during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 20 a 362km Individual Time Trial stage from Lure to La Planche Des Belles Filles 1035m ITT TDF2020 LeTour on September 19 2020 in La Planche France Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren) fights to the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mikel Landa's first Tour de France with his new team, Bahrain McLaren, ended on a high note at the stage 20 time trial up La Planche des Belles Filles. The Spaniard finished 14th on the day and benefitted from a woeful ride by Astana's Miguel Ángel López to jump up to fourth overall one day before the race finale in Paris.

The 30-year-old has historically been a poor time trialist, a trait which has cost him dearly in Grand Tours. At last year's Giro d'Italia he fell from third to fourth on the final day TT in Verona, at the 2018 Tour he dropped a spot to seventh in Espelette, while at the 2015 Giro he lost four minutes to eventual winner Alberto Contador, finishing 3:05 down in Milan.

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