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In the exhilarating realm of professional cycling, where grit and aspirations meet the meandering paths of Grand Tours, Mikel Landa remains a steadfast symbol of unyielding ambition. At 34 years old, the Basque climber is once again gearing up for a thrilling season, setting his sights on a triumphant journey through the Vuelta a España.
Already a seasoned veteran, Landa captured attention with a stellar fifth-place finish in the 2023 Vuelta and a podium-worthy performance at the 2022 Giro d’Italia. Now, he's embarking on a fresh chapter with Soudal Quick-Step.
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While Landa may assume a supporting role for teammate Remco Evenepoel in the Tour de France, his heart pulsates with the eager anticipation of leading Soudal Quick-Step in the 2024 Vuelta a España.
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In the Tour, Landa's mission is clear - unwavering support for Evenepoel on the challenging mountain stages. It's a role he embraces passionately as a climber.

The unfolding collaboration between Landa and Evenepoel will be showcased in races like the Volta ao Algarve, Itzulia-Basque Country, and Paris-Nice. Their goal: finding rhythm and fostering that crucial rider-to-rider understanding. Landa underscores the importance of this bonding process, asserting, "The more time we spend together on the bike, the better. I have to be able to sense what Remco needs.

" In the same vein, Landa showers praise on Evenepoel's championship qualities, admiring the young rider's unyielding ambition and determination. The palpable camaraderie between the two is undeniable, with Landa highlighting Evenepoel's clear vision and willingness to make necessary sacrifices.
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As Mikel Landa embarks on this emotive journey with Soudal Quick-Step, the cycling world eagerly awaits the unfolding chapters of his Grand Tour dream and the camaraderie that will define their pursuit of victory on the demanding roads ahead.
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So, gear up for an ascent into the thrilling world of climbing with Mikel Landa. Together, we'll explore the intricacies of his techniques, both in and out of the saddle, and delve into the importance of hand positioning on the bars. And of course, we'll address the burning question: Does Mikel Landa glance at his power meter during a race?
Stay tuned for answers as we uncover the secrets of climbing prowess. But that's not all – get ready to discover Mikel's favorite training sessions for climbing and whether he prefers the solitude of solo training or riding with fellow cyclists.
Photos: Soudal Quick-Step & Getty Images
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