It should come as no surprise to anyone that Spaniard Mikel Landa will lead Team Sky at the Giro d'Italia instead of Chris Froome.
With three wins on his palmares, Froome will be Sky's go-to guy for the Tour de France until age and ambition rule him out.
On paper, the upcoming Giro suits Froome more than the Tour but in 2016 he proved his adaptability to any changes the race directors throw at him. So while the 2017 Tour is short on time trialling and really high mountains it was always the case that he would be at the start in Dusseldorf.
So while the 2017 Tour is short on time trialling and really high mountains it was always the case that he would be at the start in Dusseldorf.
Sky has any number of riders who could lead at the Giro but their key players, like Wout Poels, were always going to be held over in support of Froome rather than being let off the leash. But a choice still needed to be made, so, enter Landa.
It's not that he's expendable in terms of supporting Froome but that after a Giro podium finish in 2015 he would be the likely candidate to carry Sky's ambitions there, and the course suits his undoubted climbing ability.
Spanish publication Marca said Landa has overcome his health issues and will begin a Giro program with gym and pool sessions before hitting the road for early season kilometres.
While his race program is not entirely clear, the Tirreno-Adriatico, Volta a Catalunya and Giro del Trentino are all likely to be on Landa's radar.
If it all goes well, Landa will join Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) and Fabio Aru (Astana) at the Giro start line in Sardinia.