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Movistar sign Mikel Landa from Team Sky on two-year deal

Joe Robinson
15 Aug 2017

Mikel Landa has signed for Movistar on a two-year deal that will take him through to 2020

Movistar have announced the signing of Mikel Landa from Team Sky on a two-year contract. After recent victories at the Vuelta a Burgos and fourth at the Tour de France, Landa will be moving away from Team Sky after two seasons.

Rumours of Landa's transfer transpired directly after this year's Tour de France. After acting as a key domestique in Chris Froome's fourth Tour success, Landa voiced his frustration at not being able to race for himself.

Movistar were instantly linked to the 27-year old who made it clear he was open to a move away from the British WorldTour team. With a tradition of homing the top Spainish WorldTour talent, it was of no surprise when this was announced.

Movistar have labelled Landa as 'Spain's brightest hope for three-week stage races in this new generation' with Movistar General Manager Eusebio Unzue singing the Basque riders praises.

'It's great news for us. Being still a young rider and with everything that's he's shown, he should be the rider who leads Spanish cycling for the next few years' Unzue told Movistar online.

Landa has fast become one of the world's most valuable grand tour talents. The king of the mountains jersey at the Giro d'Italia alongside fourth at this year's Tour cemented his reeputation as one of the world's best overall talents.

The movement of Landa, who has specifically noted the Tour as a goal, has further stoked rumours surrounding the departure of Nairo Quintana. With Landa, Quintana and Alejandro Valverde all on Movistar's books, it is hard to see all three fitting into the grand tour calender.

With Quintana having expressed issues with Movistar, and teams such as Astana and Trek-Segafredo in the market for general classification talent, the future of the Colombian is one to keep an eye on.

 

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