Almeida in the spotlight again at the UAE Tour

Almeida in the spotlight again at the UAE Tour

Thursday 25 February 2021 - 15:28
Almeida in the spotlight again at the UAE Tour

Almeida in the spotlight again at the UAE Tour

Thursday 25 February 2021 - 15:28

Another impressive ride helped the Portuguese retain his spot in the top 3 with two days to go.

João Almeida successfully defended his place on the podium of the season’s first World Tour race, and he did it by going on the attack with two kilometers remaining of stage 5 to the top of Jabel Jais (21.4km, 5.4%), the country’s highest mountain.

Despite the race being animated by an eight-man breakaway – the largest group to feature at the front this week – the peloton was at all times in complete control, even allowing the escapees to open up a four-minute lead before turning on the gas and bringing them back one by one. With two kilometers to go, João accelerated from the red jersey group, his powerful attack making an important selection and helping the chasers overhaul the last of the escapees.

Tracked down by the other GC guys, the 22-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider remained at the front as the group was breaking up and arrived home just a few seconds down on Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), who launched a late attack that helped him prevail. Fifth on the stage, Almeida cemented his place in the top 3 overall and is now just two days away from getting his best ever result in a World Tour stage race.

“The climb was quite steady and I felt good from the beginning, so I rode it at a nice pace. In the final, I tried to attack as I had nothing to lose, but the gradient wasn’t steep enough to open a gap. At the end of the day, I am happy that I kept my third place and will continue with the same focus over the next stages”, said João.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:19:08
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:03
3 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:03
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:05
5 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:06
6 Nick Schultz
Team BikeExchange
0:06
7 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:08
8 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:08
9 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:08
10 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R Citroën Team
0:08
38 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:22
45 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:50
89 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:36
115 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:36
119 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:36
120 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:36
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
17:09:26
2 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:45
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12
4 Chris Harper
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:54
5 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:56
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2:47
7 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
2:49
8 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:03
9 Rubén Fernández Andújar
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:23
10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:40
70 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:39
77 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:58
98 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:19
109 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:35
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
55 pt
2 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
48 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35 pt
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
28 pt
5 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
21 pt
6 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
21 pt
7 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
8 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
9 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
18 pt
10 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
18 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
44 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
17:09:26
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12
3 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:56
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2:47
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
9:57
6 Florian Stork
Team DSM
10:32
7 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
10:48
8 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
12:44
9 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
13:24
10 Samuele Battistella
Astana - Premier Tech
14:12
1 UAE-Team Emirates 51:35:08
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 5:10
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 11:01
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 16:28
5 EF Education - Nippo 17:25
6 Bahrain - Victorious 18:59
7 Astana - Premier Tech 29:11
8 BORA - hansgrohe 32:12
9 Trek - Segafredo 34:17
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 34:25

Top results

1 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:19:08
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:03
3 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:03
See all race results

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