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Landa claims first win in Movistar Team colours
10 March 2018
Landa claims first win in Movistar Team colours

Spanish climber conquests Tirreno-Adriatico Queen stage.

He didn't have to wait more than nine racing days to notch up a victory in his new colours. Mikel Landa has already shown at Saturday's stage four of the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico the world-class abitilies that earned him a contract with the Movistar Team. The Basque climber claimed the win atop the Sassotetto ski resort, following a really long (219km) day starting in Foligno, with a display of well-measured efforts in the final slopes of the climb. It wasn't until the final three kilometers when Mikel, atop on his Canyon bike equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset and with Campagnolo Bora Ultra full carbon wheels, launched his first acceleration.

Landa quickly overtook Miguel Ángel López, who had jumped off the front previously and suffered a mechanical while in the lead, and got to the front easily with three other riders: Rafal Majka, Fabio Aru and Ben Hermans. Alongside the three, as well as George Bennet, Landa went for a finishing sprint that landed him a 14th victory in the pro scene, as well as scoring the Movistar Team's seventh success of the 2018 season.

 

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