″João Almeida has proven to be in good health, he is consistent and can be a candidate″

Mikel Landa assumes that he is moralized to be well placed in the classification and declares himself “calm”

In the usual interviews/statements on the Giro d’Italia rest day in Pescara, Mikel Landa, another Spaniard interested in the pink jersey, used the word dream to talk about what’s yet to come in the upcoming race. ends May 29. , in Verona. .

“The Giro is a dream, for several years I have dreamed of winning the ‘maglia rosa’, but I have always had stronger rivals or misadventures that have prevented me from doing so. This year could be the year to achieve it So far everything is fine,” said the third in the Giro2015 and fourth in 2019.

Despite the fall suffered on Sunday, during the ninth stage, the current seventh in the “Corsa Rosa”, 29 seconds behind his young compatriot, was optimistic.

“Yes, I can win the Giro. There are not many time trial kilometers and on the mountain I have the best. I have to maintain the level I showed yesterday [domingo] at the Blockhaus, but you have to wait, be patient, it’s a race where wear and tear can be decisive”, he analyzed.

Landa assumes that he is moralized to be well placed in the rankings and declares himself “calm”.

“If all goes well, I’ll be in the fight. I hope the fall doesn’t affect me… I’m in a little pain, but luckily I’m not serious,” he said. Explain.

The Bahrain-Victorious rider also listed the names of those who are his main rivals in the fight for the final victory: “[Richard] Carapaz is a favorite, but there’s more. we saw the [Romain] Bardet with a very good level yesterday [domingo], is an experienced rider, on the podium of the Tour. Almeida turned out well, he is a constant cyclist and can be a candidate, as well as [Jai] Hindley.”

Appointed by Landa, Bardet (DSM), third overall, 14 seconds behind the leader, prefers caution, recalling that he has experienced “a lot in the Grand Tours, a lot of joys, disappointments”.

“I accept what comes, without thinking too much about it. For now, everything is fine,” said the Frenchman, second in the 2016 Tour and third the following year.

Although he recognizes that he is in the Giro to fight for the general classification, Bardet will try to win a stage, after being close on Sunday, being second in the stage won by Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe).

The 105th Volta d’Italia returns on Tuesday for the 10th stage, a 196 kilometer link between Pescara and Jesi.

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