Mikel Landa has signed a two-year contract with Soudal Quick-Step. The Basque rider has finished on the podium at the Giro d’Italia on two occasions (2015 and 2022), since turning pro in 2011. He has won sixteen races as a pro, including four stages in Grand Tours.
The 33-year-old rider is a strong climber, but also an experienced pro, having ridden 19 Grand and will definitely be a boost to the team’s GC riders.
New team, new goals
“I am very excited at the thought of joining Soudal Quick-Step, an incredible team I have always had a lot of respect for,” he said. “From the outside, I was always impressed by how its riders stick together in all kinds of situations and how they always support their leader. I have been so far on Italian teams, Spanish teams, and British teams, and now I’m looking forward to discovering Belgian culture.”
With a rider like 23-year-old multiple world champion Remco Evenepoel as one of the stars on the team, Landa is excited to help out in the big races.
“I am happy and motivated by this new challenge and by supporting Remco in his goals. I come here with a lot of experience, especially in the Grand Tours. I’ve been fighting for the podium in those or have helped others win several times in the past. I have always felt comfortable supporting younger riders and I know I will fit in here. I want to give my best in the next seasons, I am convinced I can help Remco a lot, and at the same time, I am confident that when given the opportunity, I can go for a good result myself”, he said.
Evenepoel is getting ready to defend his title at the 2023 Vuelta a España, where he will square off against a two-pronged Jumbo-Visma challenge from Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič.