• Mikel Landa (C) is Team Sky's protected rider for the Giro d'Italia (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Mikel Landa will head up Team Sky's challenge at the Giro d'Italia starting on Friday as the leader of its nine-man team.
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Cycling Central

5 May 2016 - 9:48 AM 

Landa won two stages as he finished third in last year's race while with Astana and goes into the season's first Grand Tour in good form after winning the Giro del Trentino.

"The Giro d'Italia is my first big goal of the season and I'm proud to go there as leader of Team Sky. I feel like I'm coming into really good form and I'm confident I can perform well," Landa said.

"As usual the Giro will be a really tough race but we have a strong team and we're ready for it"

The Giro d'Italia LIVE on your phone or tablet
All stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia will be live on SBS, streamed online and available via the SBS Giro d’Italia Tracker app for your mobile devices.

The 99th edition of the Giro begins on Friday 6 May with a 9.8km individual time trial around Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.

Team Sky for the Giro d'Italia
Mikel Landa (ESP), Ian Boswell (GBR), Philip Deignan (IRL), Sebastian Henao (COL), Christian Knees (GER), David Lopez (ESP), Mikel Nieve (ESP), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Elia Viviani (ITA)