Mikel Landa will ride for Bahrain Merida next cycling season. The 29-year-old Spaniard comes from the Spanish company Movistar. Elia Viviani exchanges Deceuninck-Quick-Step for Cofidis.
The Landa switch had been in the air for some time. Various media already announced at the end of April that he would leave for Bahrain Merida, but transfers in the cycling world should only be officially announced from 1 August.
"We are very happy to welcome Mikel to our team," says team manager Brent Copeland on the Bahrain Merida site. "With his incredible qualities as a climber, he brings spectacle to the race and that makes him one of the most competitive riders in the big laps."
Landa has been with Movistar since 2018, but he has not been able to achieve great success with the Spanish cycling team in two years. The climber participated this year in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, in which he finished fourth and sixth respectively in the general classification.
Earlier in his career, Landa rode for Astana and Team Sky, among others. He finished once on the final podium of a big round (third in Giro 2015) and has four day victories to his name, three in the Tour of Italy and one in the Vuelta a España
Landa is the successor to Vincenzo Nibali at Bahrain Merida. The Italian will be driving for Trek-Segafredo next season, where Bauke Mollema is also under contract. It is not clear for which period Landa signed with Bahrain Merida.
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Viviani leaves Quick-Step for Cofidis
Viviani leaves Quick-Step after two seasons for Cofidis. The thirty-year-old Italian, who signed a contract with the then Quick-Step-Floors in 2018, signs a one-year contract with the French team.
Cofidis already has a sprinter with Nacer Bouhanni, but the 29-year-old Frenchman has been associated with a departure for some time. Bouhanni did not book a single win this season.
Viviani, who in his career has already won nine stages in big laps, rode the Giro and the Tour this year. In the Tour of Italy he had to give up in the twelfth stage. Viviani did the Tour de France and also won the fourth stage.