Landa still keen on riding Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019

Mikel Landa has reiterated his desire to ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019, though the Basque rider acknowledged that his preferred race schedule for next season will require the assent of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue. Landa had already expressed his wish even before the route of the 2019 Giro was presented, and the parcours has not dissuaded him.

World champion Alejandro Valverde has already signalled his intention to ride the Giro, while Nairo Quintana has stated that he will again target the Tour in 2019. In 2018, Landa skipped the Giro in order to focus exclusively on the Tour, where he reached Paris in 7th place overall.

“I want to do the Giro and the Tour. I’ll talk with Eusebio and then we’ll see what happens,” Landa said, according to AS.

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No rider has managed to win the Giro and Tour in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998. This season, Tom Dumoulin placed second overall at both the Giro and Tour, while Chris Froome won the Giro and took third overall on the Tour.

In 2017, however, Quintana placed a subdued 12th at the Tour after taking second on the Giro, which prompted Movistar to save its three leading Grand Tour riders – Landa, Quintana and Valverde – for the Tour this season. In their absence, Richard Carapaz finished a fine fourth at the Giro. Despite the difficulty of the 2019 Giro route, Landa rejects the idea that riding the corsa rosa would leave him with nothing in reserve for July.

“I don’t think so,” said Landa, who finished third overall at the 2015 Giro. “In recent years, there have often been many mountains in the last week in Italy and there have still been people who have then gone well on the Tour.”

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