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"My goal now is the Giro. It is a year with the Olympics which has a profile that suits me and I do not know if it will be the same in four years or if I'll be selected. I'd like to be there, but for now I just think of the Gir...

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09.01.2016 @ 19:00 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Mikel Landa (Sky) attended the presentation of the Vuelta a Espana and describes the course as very hard. If he decides to participate, it will be to “go for GC.”

 

"It's a tough course and I like it. From start to finish, it is very nervous and the early stages have no major climbs, but there will be gaps and leave us with heavy legs' legs. The second week is tough and have two or three uphill finishes that can create differences," Landa told the media in Santiago de Compostela.

 

The Basque stated that "both the Aubisque and the Alto de Aitana stages" seem to be the queen stages and made his goals clear if he decides to do the race. "I think it is a route to go for GC," he admitted.

 

The third place in the last Giro d'Italia remarked that the course have the usual long stages like the one to Cercedilla which decided the win for his then teammate Fabio Aru, but that the course also includes potential pitfalls. "In Camino de La Camperona, three or four teams can create echelons and if you are isolated, you can lose the Vuelta there,” he said.

 

Landa underlined the importance of the Individual time trial of 39 kilometers in the final part of the race. "It's where we are on our own and the maximum differences can be created. It is flat, but has sections that would favor me," he said.

 

"I want everything,” the Spanish rider joked about his goals for 2016. "My goal now is the Giro. It is a year with the Olympics which has a profile that suits me and I do not know if it will be the same in four years or if I'll be selected. I'd like to be there, but for now I just think of the Giro. I like the Vuelta," he said.

 

Finally, Landa said that he feels adapted to his new team, Sky, where he has done "everything possible" to be integrated and where leader Chris Froome is "a very normal person." "There are teams that focus on classics, others on stage races and my goal is to go for GC because we have riders to do so," he said.

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