Mikel Landa: The team is behind me at the Tour de France

BURGOS SPAIN JULY 28 Mikel Landa Meana of Spain and Team Bahrain McLaren during the 42nd Vuelta a Burgos 2020 Stage 1 a 157km stage from Burgos to Burgos Alto del Castillo 976m VueltaBurgos on July 28 2020 in Burgos Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren) at the Vuelta a Burgos (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

During two-year spells with Astana, Team Sky and then Movistar, Mikel Landa never got the chance to be an outright leader at a Grand Tour, his personal objectives either sidelined for strategic and political reasons or undermined by tactical confusion.

With Bahrain McLaren, though, the Spanish climber has finally been given the opportunity to be an undisputed GC leader, and says he's relishing the chance to challenge for the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).