Almeida defends Giro d’Italia lead with panache

Almeida defends Giro d’Italia lead with panache

Tuesday 13 October 2020 - 17:42

Portuguese extends his advantage after another top 3 finish at the Corsa Rosa.

João Almeida’s dream Giro d’Italia continued Tuesday afternoon, when the race resumed following a well deserved rest day, with a 177km stage between Lanciano and Tortoleto, which awaited the riders with three hard hills – all featuring punishing double-digit gradients – crammed inside the last 30 kilometers.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step were again on top of their game, working ceaselessly at the front of the peloton and protecting the 22-year-old leader of the race, who was put under pressure by Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) on the penultimate climb of stage 10 as the rain began falling and making for some really miserable conditions. Calm and composed, Almeida didn’t panic, as he had still enough teammates with him, who made sure the Spaniard’s gap wouldn’t go over half a minute.

Exuding confidence and a fantastic maturity well beyond his age, João remained tucked in the wheel of James Knox and Fausto Masnada, before launching his move on the last difficulty of the day, one averaging 7.1% over 2.5 kilometers. Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Grand Tour debutant gained a few seconds on the reduced bunch, who split on the excruciating gradients of the climb that was topped with just 11 kilometers to go. This attack narrowed the lead of Bilbao, who was then caught on the descent, after another great effort of Fausto and James, who turned themselves inside out in the service of the maglia rosa.

In the run in to the finish, Almeida himself took over the reins in the small bunch and led the group home – 23 seconds behind Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), who won from the breakaway – and notched up his third top 3 finish since the start of the Giro d’Italia. This solid result netted four bonus seconds that helped him increase his buffer in the general classification, which he will lead for the eighth consecutive day on Wednesday.

“It was a hard day at the office, but I made it with the help of this tremendous team, who rode so hard for me and without whom I wouldn’t be where I am now. I felt good, despite the cold temperatures and the rain, and when Bilbao went, we remained calm and focused, and just did our homework, which concluded in bringing him back in the final kilometers”, said João, who leads the race by 34 seconds. “Third after such a stage is a nice result, it feels good to get another podium at this beautiful race. The four seconds I got on the line isn’t that much, but every second counts and can prove important when all is said and done. I don’t know how far I can go with this pink jersey, I’m just honoured to have it on my shoulders for more than a week and I’ll just continue to take it day by day and see where that takes me.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
4:01:56
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:19
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:23
4 Ben Swift
INEOS Grenadiers
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5 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
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6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
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9 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
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10 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
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14 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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22 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
28 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
38 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
115 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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117 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
120 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:38:05
2 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:34
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - McLaren
0:43
4 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
0:57
5 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
1:01
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
1:15
7 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:19
8 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
1:21
9 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36
10 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain - McLaren
1:52
18 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:32
34 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:19
36 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:44
97 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:28:25
141 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:10:34
142 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:13:52
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
167 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
147 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
51 pt
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41 pt
5 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
6 Ben Swift
INEOS Grenadiers
31 pt
7 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
8 Alex Dowsett
Israel Start-Up Nation
29 pt
9 Marco Frapporti
Vini Zabù - KTM
28 pt
10 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
27 pt
22 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
33 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
72 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
73 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:38:05
2 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:19
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:39
4 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
2:45
5 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
4:42
6 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
5:25
7 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:32
8 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
6:21
9 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
10:49
10 Attila Valter
CCC Team
11:26
12 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:19
43 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:10:34
1 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Pro Cycling
84 pt
2 Giovanni Visconti
Vini Zabù - KTM
76 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
4 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
5 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Pro Cycling
40 pt
6 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
7 Domenico Pozzovivo
NTT Pro Cycling
20 pt
8 Larry Warbasse
AG2R La Mondiale
20 pt
9 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
20 pt
10 Edoardo Zardini
Vini Zabù - KTM
18 pt
42 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
45 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 INEOS Grenadiers 118:48:14
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 12:32
3 Team Sunweb 13:55
4 BORA - hansgrohe 18:44
5 Trek - Segafredo 32:08
6 Movistar Team 33:34
7 CCC Team 41:56
8 Bahrain - McLaren 42:52
9 AG2R La Mondiale 45:11
10 UAE-Team Emirates 50:08

Top results

1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
4:01:56
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:19
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:23
See all race results

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