Almeida celebrates a week in pink on 'Portugal day' in Giro d'Italia

ROCCARASO ITALY OCTOBER 11 Podium Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Pink Leader Jersey Celebration Champagne during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 9 a 207km stage from San Salvo to Roccaraso Aremogna 1658m girodiitalia Giro on October 11 2020 in Roccaraso Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

For the second time since he took the lead of the Giro d'Italia on Mount Etna, João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) thought he could be in trouble on a mountain stage, and for a second time the 22-year-old's fears proved to be totally misplaced.

On an arduous, freezing cold stage 9 featuring more than 4,000 metres of vertical climbing, the Portuguese racer suffered but dug deep on the final ascent to Roccaraso to stay in the maglia rosa.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.