Mikel Landa a doubt to ride the Tirreno-Adriatico

Team Sky's Mikel Landa is not likely to ride in the Tirreno-Adriatico next week as he continues to train after an illness.

Mikel Landa a doubt to ride the Tirreno-Adriatico
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Team Sky's Mikel Landa is likely to feature in the 99th edition of the Giro d'Italia in May in an effort to deliver the team's first title of the grand tour, but the Spaniard may struggle to find stage race options beforehand.

The 26 year old is yet to make his debut for Sky after signing for the Bristish team in September of last year.

Back to training

Ahead of the 2016 season, Landa announced he would race the Volta a la Valenciana in February, followed by the Tirreno-Adriatico in early March. However, he changed his first race to the Ruta del Sol ​in which he had to withdraw from due to illness, and it looks unlikely that he will return in time for the Tirreno-Adriatico after the Spaniard tweeted "Back to training! Still no date for my debut but with the same goal in mind...Giro".

The latest delay to Landa's Team Sky debut means the rider will be seriously short of miles in his legs before the grand tour of Italy in May.

However, the former Astana man may get some race time come the end of March at the Coppi e Bartali in Italy. He is also scheduled to race in the Tour of the Basque Country in April followed by the Giro del Trentino a couple of weeks later.

Landa hoping to add past success

If Landa wants to add to his two individual stage wins at the Giro in 2015, he will have to work incredibly hard to fend off former Astana teammate Vincenzo Nibali who will be aiming to repeat his antics of the competition in 2013 in which he won the maglia rosa.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will also be looking to overcome Team Sky's contender, as he will aim to secure a first Giro d'Italia win on his first appearance. Landa's Spanish compatriot has been hinted to ride in all three grand tours in 2016.