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Mikel Landa to go head-to-head with Chris Froome at Ruta del Sol on Movistar debut

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Landa named in Movistar team for Spanish stage race

Mikel Landa, Chris Froome, and Fabio Aru pm stage 12 of the Tour de France Credit: Yuzuru Sunada

Speculation may have been rife about a possible rift between Chris Froome and Mikel Landa at last year’s Tour de France, but the two men will now have a chance to properly go head-to-head at the upcoming Ruta del Sol.

With Froome’s participation having been confirmed last week, Mikel Landa has now been named in the Movistar line-up for the race having made the move across from Team Sky for 2018.

The race will be Landa’s first in the new light blue colours of Movistar, where he will lead a team consisting of Andrey Amador, Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero, Héctor Carretero, Imanol Erviti and Marc Soler.

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With Nairo Quintana having finished second overall behind Team Sky’s Egan Bernal in the recent Colombia Oro y Paz race in South America, the Ruta del Sol will be Landa’s first chance to lay down an early-season marker with both him and Quintana targetting leadership of Movistar at the Tour de France in July.

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Landa finished fourth at the 2017 Tour de France, missing out on a podium spot by just one second, after working as a domestique for Chris Froome as the Brit secured a fourth yellow

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