Almeida moves up to sixth as reward for strong final week at Giro d’Italia

ALPE DI MERA VALSESIA ITALY MAY 28 Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Pink Leader Jersey during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 19 a 166km stage from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera Valsesia 1531m Stage modified due to the tragic events on May the 23rd 2021 that involved the Mottarone Cableway UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 28 2021 in Alpe di Mera Valsesia Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on stage 19 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia with Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) on his wheel (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Looking back to stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia there was little though that João Almeida would be the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider leading the charge for the team in the mountains during the third week. Yet as teammate and team leader Remco Evenepoel stepped out of the race for pink, the rider from Portugal fought his way back into it, ending up with sixth-place in his second Grand Tour.

Last year Evenepoel had been set to lead the team’s chase at the Giro d’Italia until that horrible crash at Il Lombardia but, with his absence,  Almeida stepped up and into the maglia rosa for 15 days on his Grand Tour debut before losing it in a mountain stage and finishing fourth overall. 

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