In addition to Landa’s fourth place, Bahrain McLaren had another reason to celebrate as his teammate Damiano Caruso finished tenth overall, ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with a nice seventh place in Stage 20.
“In the end we were fourth and tenth with Damiano as well,” said Landa. “We were very strong as a team and I think we did a good project with the TT bike, with me working and always looking to the future to come back here and we can do even better.
“It was a very good three weeks, a good effort for the whole team, especially for Mikel,” added Caruso. “For us it’s a good result and also the top ten for me is an incredible feeling. ”
Landa’s goal is to improve himself the next time he comes to the Tour, after that his Grand Tour debut as the sole leader of the GC, raised some weak points. He got caught in crosswinds at Lavaur, losing 1:21, as a planned assault on the Col de la Loze simply did not take place as Bahrain worked for much of that leg.
Sunday’s stage in Paris won’t see Landa on the final podiums – he will finish 2:28 behind Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) in third, but it’s a positive point to build on. He will equal his previous best Tour result in Paris – a fourth place finish in the 2017 race.
“This experience has been very good for us,” he said. “We know what we are missing, and we also know our strengths. We will continue to work and we will come back. “