João Almeida: Find a balance between racing and life or be done in four years

LUXEMBOURG LUXEMBOURG SEPTEMBER 18 Joo Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep yellow leader jersey prior to the 81st SkodaTour De Luxembourg 2021 Stage 5 a 1837km stage from Mersch to Luxembourg 323m skodatour skodatour on September 18 2021 in Luxembourg Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
João Almeida lining up at the 2021 Tour of Luxembourg in the yellow jersey of the race leader (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There have been transfers for a number of big-name riders for the 2022 season but few appear as significant, for rider and team, as João Almeida’s move from Deceuninck-QuickStep to UAE Team Emirates.

For the Portuguese Grand Tour and stage-race rider next year marks a new chapter in a career that has followed a steep and hugely successful upwards curve; one of apparent natural progression, fuelled by ambition but tempered by character and intelligence.

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