Almeida: It's not my decision if the Giro d'Italia goes to Milan or not

Team Deceuninck rider Portugals Joao Almeida CL wearing the overall leaders pink jersey rides during the 12th stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 204kilometre route between Cesenatico and Cesenatico on October 15 2020 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the GC group during stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

For almost six hours, the Giro d’Italia raced up hill and down dale in the hinterland of Cesenatico, while winter seemed to descend in increasingly rapid instalments upon the coastal resort.

Summer was a distant memory, despite the festive pomp of the corsa rosa. On an afternoon of driving rain and plummeting temperatures, riders were almost willing the finish line to appear before them.

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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.