Mikel Landa could be a dark horse for the Vuelta a Espana

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Mikel Landa has been a terrific asset this season for the very successful Astana team. He has been one of the most useful domestiques all year round and is looking for more success in the near future.

Landa started off his racing season by winning stage five of the Tour of the Basque country beating Lotto-Soudal's Tim Wellens by three seconds.

The Spanish cyclist then entered the Giro del Trentino where he was in search of the leaders jersey over the four day race.

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Landa finished the race in second place overall, only behind Sky's Richie Porte who was in fantastic form and looked simply unbeatable.

Landa was then sent to the 98th running of the Giro d'Italia and was supposedly a work-horse for the 24-year-old, Fabio Aru.

Giro d'Italia performance

Many of the stages, Landa was forced to wait for Aru when if the Spaniard went off alone, he could've put minutes into the eventual winner of the race, Alberto Contador.

However, Astana had one of the best Giro's they have ever had even without winning the race overall. They won the team standings, the white jersey with Fabio Aru, five stage wins and second and third place overall.

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What is to come for Mikel Landa?

Landa will most likely aim for the Vuelta a Espana, the third and final grand tour of the year. The Vuelta often offers up very hot weather and so the riders will need to bare this in mind.

Landa was born and raised in Northern Spain and so will be very used to a hot climate so this year's Vuelta could be ideal for him.

Defending champion Contador is unlikely to start the race, with the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France being his main targets.

The 2015 route of the Vuelta seems to be one that would favour a rider such as Chris Froome with a long time-trial in the final week.

However, if the 25-year-old, Landa, can bag a good amount of time going into the time trial, he could very well come out of the other side wearing the leaders jersey.

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