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João Almeida: A Giro podium end can be like a win for me

“It’s time to be on the radar,” is how GC favorite João Almeida (UAE Group Emirates) defines his technique for racing Sunday’s crunch stage within the Giro d’Italia. However the Portuguese racer, who led the Giro for 17 days in 2020, is presently enjoying down his choices on sporting pink for good in 2022.

Almeida has had a low profile thus far on this 12 months’s Giro d’Italia, with an anticipated main affect on the opening TT failing to materialise. Equally regardless of a notably aggressive perspective pre-stage on the Etna, telling Cyclingnews, “It’s by no means too early to  take the lead,” when push got here to shove, Almeida opted to stick with the principle group for your entire ascent. And on Friday’s lengthy experience by the mountains of the Basilicata, the 23-year-old solid an equally nameless determine in the principle peloton of GC favourites. 


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