(Reuters) - Spanish rider Mikel Landa has left Team Sky and signed a two-year contract with rivals Movistar, the team's general manager said on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Landa, who finished fourth in this summer's Tour de France and played a key role in Chris Froome's victory, will race for the Spain-based team in 2018 and 2019.
"It's great news for us," said Eusebio Unzue, the Movistar general manager.
"Being still a young rider and with everything that he’s shown, he should be the rider who leads Spanish cycling for the next few years," he told Cyclingnews.com.
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Landa will rival Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde to be lead rider at Movistar.
(Reporting by Neil Robinson, editing by Larry King)