He is one of the contenders for the final victory in the Tour de France who lost big Monday on the road to Albi, during the 10th stage. But Mikel Landa (Movistar) was not a victim of the edging caused by Deceuninck-Quick Step and Ineos, but a stroke of bad luck. While in the lead group, just under 20km from the finish, the Spanish rider was unbalanced by the French champion, Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), and heavily dropped to the side left of the roadway, as shown by images of the Spanish public television put online on social networks.
The caída of Landa.
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In these images, we guess Warren Barguil move to his left after apparently striking the runner ahead. On Twitter, the champion of France explained what had happened, in detail. The rider of the Arkéa-Samsic team touched the back wheel of the yellow jersey, which failed to make him fall to his left ...
I am sad about the fall of Mikel Landa. Unbalanced by touching the wheel of Julian, I touch Mikel who went back on the left. It went very fast, it was not voluntary. I avoided the fall miraculously, which was not the case for Mikel. I hope he's fine.- barguil (@WarrenBarguil) July 15, 2019
This fall has been much talked about on social networks, especially among Spanish fans, some of whom have even asked the exclusion of the Tour of ... Romain Bardet, wrongly accused of causing the fall of Landa. The leader of the AG2R-La Mondiale team wanted to set things straight.
Really sorry for what happened to @MikelLandaMeana, but please watch again I'M NOT the rider who push him in.- Romain Bardet (@romainbardet) July 15, 2019
"I'm really sorry for what happened to Mikel Landa, but, please, look again, I'm not the runner who pushed him."
"'It was a shock,' said Landa. "Fortunately, I have no physical consequences." Landa, who was able to get back on his bike relatively quickly, finished in a second border, 2'09 "behind the winner, the Belgian Wout Van Aert Fifteenth at 2'06" from Saint-Flour, Monday morning, he is now 21st at 4'15 ".