The eternal optimist – Mikel Landa at the 2022 Giro d’Italia

The Flemish have a saying, ‘optimists live longer than pessimists’, and when it comes to Mikel Landa at Grand Tours in general and in the Giro d’Italia in particular it’s a motto that fits the 32-year-old perfectly.

In last year’s Giro, for example, Landa was in great early shape and even stole a march on some of the other GC favorites on the first major climb along with eventual winner Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Education First’s Hugh Carthy – only to crash out with serious injuries the very next day.

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