Landa to lead Team Sky at Giro


Mikel Landa has been confirmed as Team Sky's lead rider for the Giro d'Italia, which gets under way on Friday.

Landa joined Team Sky from Astana ahead of the 2016 season, having finished third for the Kazakh outfit at the 2015 Giro in a supporting role to Fabio Aru.

A highly-rated climber, the 26-year-old Spaniard will now lead a line-up that also includes sprint specialist Elia Viviani, Sebastian Henao, Ian Boswell, Nicolas Roche, Philip Deignan, Christian Knees, Mikel Nieve and David Lopez.

Davide Cassani, the manager of the Italian national team, talked up Landa's credentials in a recent interview with Omnisport.

Asked if Landa would be his choice as Team Sky's leader, Cassani replied: "Yes, no doubt about it.

"Last year he proved to be very strong. He managed to podium [in the Giro] despite helping Fabio Aru, who was his team-mate at the time.

"Thanks to his performances and results last season, Sky signed him to be the captain in this Giro."