Almeida finishes sixth at Tirreno-Adriatico

Almeida finishes sixth at Tirreno-Adriatico

Tuesday 16 March 2021 - 17:49
Almeida finishes sixth at Tirreno-Adriatico

Almeida finishes sixth at Tirreno-Adriatico

Tuesday 16 March 2021 - 17:49

Deceuninck – Quick-Step remains at the top of the UCI World Team Classification.

João Almeida put together another solid ride in an individual time trial after the one at last month’s UAE Tour, confirming the progress he has made in the discipline since joining the Wolfpack. Averaging 52.696 km/h over the pan-flat San Benedetto del Tronto course helped the 22-year-old Portuguese clock a time of 11:30, enough to finish in seventh place, just ahead of Kasper Asgreen, another Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to impress Tuesday afternoon.

One of the most consistent riders at this particularly tough edition of the “Race of the Two Seas”, Almeida started the day in seventh overall, but thanks to an excellent display in the 10.1km ITT he managed to overcome a 12-second deficit and jumped one place in the general classification. Sixth overall marks João’s third top 10 finish in a World Tour race and Portugal’s best result at Tirreno-Adriatico since 1986, when Acácio da Silva carried the flag for the Iberian Peninsula nation.

“It was a good time trial, although too short for my liking. In the beginning, the first five kilometers of so, I struggled a bit to find my pace, but once it happened, I felt much better on the second part, I felt like the legs were stronger and you could see that in the time I had at the finish. I moved one position in the GC and I think it’s a good result in what was a very hard race, with many quality riders.”

“I’m happy that I could get another strong result for my team and my country. It’s always nice to write history for your country, especially when the guy before you was Acácio, who finished sixth, but also was runner-up the year before. I still have a long way to go to reach that level, but the signs are good and I’m happy. My confidence is buoyed by this top 10 ahead of the Volta a Catalunya, which will be my next appointment”, João Almeida said after Tirreno-Adriatico, a race at the end of which Deceuninck – Quick-Step cemented its lead in the UCI World Team Classification.

 

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Race details

1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
11:06
2 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
0:11
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:12
5 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
0:16
6 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education - Nippo
0:18
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:24
8 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:26
9 Michael Hepburn
Team BikeExchange
0:27
10 Tobias Ludvigsson
Groupama - FDJ
0:28
69 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:02
71 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03
72 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03
107 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:25
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
26:36:17
2 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:03
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
3:57
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
4:13
5 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
4:37
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:54
7 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
5:00
8 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
5:50
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
6:30
10 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
7:45
41 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:54
50 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:00
58 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:13
87 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:30
108 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
55:33
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
55 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
42 pt
3 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
39 pt
4 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
20 pt
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
6 Simone Velasco
Gazprom - RusVelo
14 pt
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
8 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
9 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
13 pt
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
39 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
24 pt
2 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
20 pt
3 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
18 pt
4 Jan Bakelants
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
16 pt
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
15 pt
6 Vincenzo Albanese
EOLO-Kometa
13 pt
7 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
12 pt
8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
8 pt
9 Simone Velasco
Gazprom - RusVelo
8 pt
10 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
7 pt
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
19 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
26 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
26:36:17
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
4:13
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:54
4 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
12:39
5 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
14:58
6 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
22:12
7 Simon Carr
EF Education - Nippo
26:17
8 Giovanni Aleotti
BORA - hansgrohe
30:18
9 Natnael Tesfatsion
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
31:17
10 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
36:17
1 Astana - Premier Tech 80:16:45
2 INEOS Grenadiers 2:48
3 Movistar Team 13:15
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 14:12
5 Team DSM 17:34
6 UAE-Team Emirates 17:52
7 Trek - Segafredo 18:35
8 BORA - hansgrohe 20:43
9 Bahrain - Victorious 21:02
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 23:30

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1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
11:06
2 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
0:11
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