Almeida flies under radar no longer to lead Giro d'Italia

Joao Almeida
Joao Almeida (Image credit: Getty Images)

Right up until Saturday, João Almeida’s notable achievements in his first year as a pro have almost always been overshadowed by another young rider’s standout moments - but on Monday, in the Giro d’Italia, the Deceuninck-QuickStep pro has stepped into the limelight with a vengeance.

Second in Saturday’s time trial in Palermo, then 11th on the summit finish in Etna despite having lost a handful of seconds to the main favourites, Almeida, 22, could claim Portugal’s first maglia rosa in 31 years.

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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.