Mikel Landa looking to tackle Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2022

Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) during stage 3
Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) during stage 3 (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)

When he rolled across the Ruta del Sol finish line at Otura on stage 3, Basque racer Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) was nearly three minutes back on winner Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers). But his big grin as he eased to a stop to take a recovery drink from team soigneurs was testament to the Basque's powerful riding late on the stage, and the immense satisfaction he had taken from it.

After talking to Cyclingnews at the start of stage 3, Landa had said that he was hoping to end the Ruta stronger than he started and perhaps fight for a stage win if that happened.

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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.