Almeida voyages into the unknown in final week of Giro d'Italia

PIANCAVALLO ITALY OCTOBER 18 Arrival Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Pink Leader Jersey Disappointment during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 15 a 185km stage from Base Aerea Rivolto Frecce Tricolori to Piancavallo 1290m girodiitalia Giro on October 18 2020 in Piancavallo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Joao Almeida of Deceuninck-QuickStep has held the Pink Leader's Jersey for 13 days at the 2020 Giro (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

João Almeida's spirited final six kilometres kept him in the maglia rosa at Piancavallo on Sunday, but the Portuguese rider must now try to repeat and amplify that effort across the final six stages of the Giro d'Italia. Easier said than done.

For the second rest day in succession, the 22-year-old sat down to a race leader's video conference broadcast from the Deceuninck-QuickStep bus. Like in Abruzzo a week ago, he downplayed his prospects of winning the Giro at his first attempt. 

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