Saturday, April 14, 2012

Landa: "Of course we're nervous"

Rising star Mikel Landa is as we speak competing in the Vuelta a Castilla y León, off the back of an impressive second place in the GP Miguel Induráin. While the season so far has been okay according to the man himself, he admits the uncertainty surrounding the team's future is playing on his mind.

"Of course we're nervou", the 22-year-old told Marca. "It's not easy to ride with the anxiety of not knowing where you'll be next year. But it looks like it'll be sorted out soon - we'll get an answer in a month or two."

Landa has risen through the entire Fundación Euskadi set-up: from Naturgas to Orbea to Euskaltel. Of the current batch of Orbea riders at the team, one in particular stands out to him.

"Perhaps Peio Bilbao will be the first one to really step it up. He joined Euskaltel in the middle of last season. He's made an impression."

The native of Murgia will center his season around the last Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España. Before that, he's got a fair share of big races coming up though.

"Now it's Castilla y León, then it's on to the Tour de Romandie, the Dauphiné and the Vuelta. My DSs think I can be near the top in Castilla y León, but I'll take it as it comes. They want me to keep progressing. I'm still very young."

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