João Almeida carries pink into Giro d’Italia second week

João Almeida carries pink into Giro d’Italia second week

Sunday 11 October 2020 - 18:08

Portuguese rider survives the miserable conditions and the tough finale thanks to a strong team effort.

João Almeida became the Portuguese rider with the most Grand Tour leader’s jerseys in history, after concluding the leg-sapping stage 9 to Roccaraso just a few seconds behind the other GC favourites, and will now get to wear the coveted maglia rosa for the seventh consecutive day next week, when the race will resume from Lanciano.

“I am so happy and very grateful to the whole team, because I wouldn’t have made it without them. I am delighted at the thought that I will start the second week of this beautiful race in the overall lead, it’s something I would have never imagined when the race got underway in Palermo, last Saturday”, João said immediately after the stage.

Marred by bad weather, Sunday’s 208km-long leg was animated by a breakaway that was kept in check by Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who worked hard for Almeida since the very outset, their phenomenal effort reducing the gap and preventing any attacks on the first three classified climbs of the day. As Ruben Guerreiro (EF First) soloed to victory in Roccaraso, the overall contenders lit up the fireworks on the double-digit gradients that created some splits in an already depleted bunch, which was numbering around twenty under the flamme rouge.

Almeida lost contact with 500 meters to go, but the 22-year-old Grand Tour debutant dug deep, gritted his teeth and put in a valiant effort which helped him limit the losses and retain the pink jersey, thus rounding out his teammates’ stellar work.

“It was cold today and I struggled a bit with the low temperatures, but I kept believing in myself and gave everything, fighting also for my teammates, who worked so hard for me this week. I was prepared for all kinds of scenarios at the start of the stage, including losing the jersey, but I continued to believe and do my best, regardless of the conditions, which I think were a problem for everyone today. I am happy that I keep making my team and my country proud and I will keep giving it all until the end of the race”, said João, who holds also the white jersey, which rewards the leader of the best young rider classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
5:41:20
2 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
0:08
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
0:58
4 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
1:16
5 Larry Warbasse
AG2R La Mondiale
,,
6 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
1:19
7 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
1:32
8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
1:38
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
,,
10 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
,,
15 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:50
19 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:56
33 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:43
47 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:03
55 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:22
119 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:03
144 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:40
150 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:35:50
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:30
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
0:39
4 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
0:53
5 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
0:57
6 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:01
7 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
1:02
8 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
1:11
9 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:15
10 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
1:17
12 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
20 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:13
44 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:00
47 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:04
102 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07:53
156 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:50:02
157 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:53:20
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
167 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
110 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
87 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
5 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
7 Alex Dowsett
Israel Start-Up Nation
29 pt
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
9 Marco Frapporti
Vini Zabù - KTM
28 pt
10 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
27 pt
19 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
33 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
76 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
77 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:35:50
2 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
1:02
3 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:15
4 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
2:23
5 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
2:41
6 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:45
7 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
4:06
8 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:13
9 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
5:02
10 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
9:30
15 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:00
45 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:50:02
1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
84 pt
2 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
76 pt
3 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
41 pt
5 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
6 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
7 Larry Warbasse
AG2R La Mondiale
20 pt
8 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
20 pt
9 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
19 pt
10 Edoardo Zardini
Vini Zabù - KTM
18 pt
39 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
41 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 106:40:50
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 11:44
3 Team Sunweb 13:07
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 15:31
5 BORA - hansgrohe 19:34
6 AG2R La Mondiale 27:31
7 Trek - Segafredo 30:05
8 Movistar Team 30:31
9 Bahrain - McLaren 31:15
10 CCC Team 31:42

Top results

1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
5:41:20
2 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
0:08
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
0:58
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