Mikel Landa Discussion Thread

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I don't get why people recently started to treat Bilbao as top 5 candidate with outside shot on the podium. Sure he has excellent durability but his climbing level isn't high enough, especially for this route. 2020 field was probably the worst one I have ever seen, although I do wonder if he could fight for the win without doing Tour. Anyway Bilbao's a great rider but to me reality is that he is a candidate for lower top 10 spots under normal circumstances.
I agree about Mohoric, to some extent. Hope he can get his chance on Gorizia stage.
 
To me, his GT career has been very similar to the one of Kruijswijk. I often compare those two when I'm trying to rate GC riders. I probably rate Landa's ability a little higher. Both very good riders, who can podium if everything goes right for them. But they are not GT winning material.
Unlike Landa, Kruijswijk actually looked like winning during one of his GT's though. Granted, the stars aligned for that to happen, but I don't see Landa ever going as far as Kruijswijk did in that 2016 Giro...
 
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Struggle to understand the lack of belief in at least the possibility of Landa winning this Giro. I mean, he's proven that his strong over three weeks over a number of years, and is coming off a fourth in the TDF. Maybe his good days aren't quite good enough, but he never has really bad days. With continued consistency and a little luck, a long awaited return to the podium is realistic (and victory possible).

We don't need any "in the bag" sarcasm in this thread :)
 
Unlike Landa, Kruijswijk actually looked like winning during one of his GT's though. Granted, the stars aligned for that to happen, but I don't see Landa ever going as far as Kruijswijk did in that 2016 Giro...
In his defence I think under normal circumstances in 2016 and 2017 he would've been really close. In 2017 he was majestic in the mountains after his fall and in 2016 he got ill while being in a great position after the ITT.

Imo, he's one of the big three favourites of this year together with Simon Yates and Bernal.
From what I saw I think Yates is the favourite and he and Bernal are joint favourites for 2nd. Given that he's extremely consistent I would not be surprised if he wins it. Yates has a tendency to lose time in some stages, and Bernal back is not 100 resolved.
 

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