Michael Landa wants to fly high again in the year 2023. The cyclist from murguia He is conscientiously preparing the new academic year and he already knows what the great objective of a very special academic year will be. Despite the fact that the career that best suits the climber of the Baharain-Victorious is he Italy spinin the new year he will fully bet on the Tour de France.
The one from Murguia comes from closing a season that has been positive for him after a 2021 marked by injuries, falls and periods of illness. However, in 2022 he found his usual pedal stroke again and shone on the mountain to leave highly commendable performances such as his podium in the Pink Corsa or in the Lombardy twist.
Two results that help him face the challenge of fighting again for a Grand Tour with hope and guarantees. In 2023 he will have it more complicated than ever, since Mikel is firmly committed to the Tour de France as he has reported News from Gipuzkoa. This Basque medium assures that the great challenge of the runner from Alava will be to make his umpteenth attempt to be on the podium in Paris, a challenge that he has not yet achieved.
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The closest occasion was in 2017, when he finished fourth, just one second behind the third drawer. He at the same time he managed to be the best domestique of Chris Froome, who got the victory in the general classification. In 2020 he also managed to repeat the chocolate medal. Now, Mikel hopes to have the best possible Bahrain-Victorious to try to meet that challenge of getting into the top three of the event against the pogacar, vingegaard and company.
Fleeing from the ‘chronos’
Last year Landa opted for the double twist-turn. However, this course will bet everything on the Tour de France and his subsequent participation in the home round will remain up in the air. However, what does seem clear is the approach roadmap towards the start of the French race in Bilbao.
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The first thing will be Return to the Valencian Community from February 1 to 5. Then it will go through the return to Andalusia from the 15th to the 19th of the same month. In March he will face another race that he is usually very good at, like the Tirreno-Adriatico and then run at home Itzulia at the beginning of April. The block at the beginning of the course will close with the ardennes (Amstel, Arrow Y liege in the week of April 16 to 23).
Later, he will face a new training block, probably with concentration at altitude, to prepare for his arrival in the Tour de France, which will start on July 1. will be a Grand Boucle very special for him since he will not only start in Spain, but will also have the first three stages for the Basque Country before reaching bayonne.
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In addition, it will be a very particular Tour de France since the route will force all climbers to opt for the French round instead of other alternatives such as the Giro d’Italia. While the Italian race has up to three time trial stages, one of them time trial, in the Tour there will only be one day and only 22 kilometers. What there will be are plenty of opportunities in the mountains to try to make up for the loss recorded in the only test on the ‘goat’ of the race.
Thus, the Giro d’Italia and its route have practically forced Mikel Landa and many other specialists from long and hard climbs to opt in 2023 for a Tour that rarely will have a route so inadequate for those gifted to ride on the time trial bike It may be the last chance for the player from Alava to shine on the way to Paris.
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Mikel Landa ‘flees’ from the Giro d’Italia time trial and will bet on the Tour de France in 2023