Almeida and Gaviria lead UAE Team Emirates Giro d'Italia squad

BO TALL SPAIN MARCH 24 Joo Almeida of Portugal and UAE Team Emirates attacks in the final climb during the 101st Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2022 Stage 4 a 1665km stage from La Seu dUrgell to Bo Tall 2015m VoltaCatalunya101 WorldTour on March 24 2022 in Bo Tall Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) at the Volta a Catalunya (Image credit: Getty Images)

Following a fourth place in 2020 and sixth last year, João Almeida returns to the Giro d'Italia next week as leader of UAE Team Emirates.

The 23-year-old, racing his first year for UAE since moving from QuickStep, heads up a strong seven-man selection which combines both GC and sprint ambitions with five-time Giro stage winner Fernando Gaviria also lining up.

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