Almeida: I know I can be dropped there, but I like the Stelvio

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO ITALY OCTOBER 21 Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Pink Leader Jersey Forcella Valbona 1782m Snow Mountains during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 17 a 203km stage from Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio 1514m girodiitalia Giro on October 21 2020 in Madonna di Campiglio Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

When Fausto Masnada pulled up by the barriers past the finish line at Madonna di Campiglio, it was put to him that his Deceuninck-QuickStep team had got the 0-0 draw they were seeking from the first leg of the Giro d’Italia’s closing triptych of mountain stages.

“We’re more than happy,” Masnada said. “We’re ahead in the race so we have to ride to defend ourselves. There’s no sense in attacking. We have to control things and that’s what we did.”

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.