Tirreno-Adriatico

Stage 4) Terni - Prati di Tivo

IT Italy Saturday 13 March 2021 148 km

Almeida climbs with the best at Tirreno-Adriatico

Almeida climbs with the best at Tirreno-Adriatico

Prati di Tivo – an ascent that more than four decades ago featured on the Giro d’Italia – returned at Tirreno-Adriatico after eight years and did it with a bang, reshuffling the general classification after three rather quiet days, which didn’t create any relevant gaps between the contenders. The action began midway up the 14.6km climb, when the remnants of the break still had over two minutes on what was becoming a depleted peloton with every meter ticked off.

João Almeida deployed his climbing skills and produced another performance hard to ignore, showing plenty of guts as he tried to reduce the gap to Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), who was at the front after attacking inside the last four kilometers. Third overall at the first World Tour stage race of the year, Almeida underlined again his strong condition by tenaciously pushing on despite the suffering inflicted by the stiff gradients while more and more riders were losing contact with the elite chasing group.

This strong ride perfectly illustrated the perseverance of the Caldas da Rainha native, who finished the queen stage in sixth position, just half a minute behind the winner. His seventh top 10 of the season saw João move up a place in the overall standings, a result from which took a lot of confidence: “I felt good today despite the big tempo we had in the group. The attacks came early, and I tried to go at my own pace, without panicking. I was there with some of the best climbers in the bunch, so I’d say the signs are really good, which makes me confident I have a chance of improving my GC over the next days.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:51:24
2 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
0:06
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:29
4 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
0:29
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:31
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:35
7 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
0:42
8 Simon Carr
EF Education - Nippo
0:42
9 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:45
10 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
0:45
17 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44
75 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:46
104 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:30
105 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:30
140 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:53
145 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:53
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
17:53:21
2 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:35
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:35
4 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
0:38
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:41
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
0:55
8 Simon Carr
EF Education - Nippo
1:03
9 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
1:12
10 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
1:25
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44
54 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:38
75 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:13
114 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:11
143 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:37
163 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:54
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
32 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
23 pt
3 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
22 pt
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
13 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
7 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
8 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
9 pt
10 Greg Van Avermaet
AG2R Citroën Team
9 pt
25 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
16 pt
2 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
15 pt
3 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
15 pt
4 Vincenzo Albanese
EOLO-Kometa
13 pt
5 Jan Bakelants
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
13 pt
6 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
12 pt
7 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
7 pt
8 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
7 pt
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
6 pt
10 Simone Velasco
Gazprom - RusVelo
6 pt
11 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
14 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
17:53:21
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:35
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
4 Simon Carr
EF Education - Nippo
1:03
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
1:26
6 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:24
7 Natnael Tesfatsion
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
7:01
8 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
10:49
9 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
13:05
10 Giovanni Aleotti
BORA - hansgrohe
15:45
29 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:54
1 INEOS Grenadiers 53:50:30
2 Team DSM 1:32
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 5:31
4 BORA - hansgrohe 6:01
5 Movistar Team 6:19
6 Astana - Premier Tech 6:34
7 Bahrain - Victorious 6:56
8 Trek - Segafredo 7:14
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 8:08
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 13:32

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