Giro d'Italia

Stage 21) Senago - Milano

IT Italy Sunday 30 May 2021 30.3 km

João Almeida sixth at the Giro d’Italia

João Almeida sixth at the Giro d’Italia

For the second consecutive year, João Almeida concluded the Corsa Rosa inside the top 10. After spending an astonishing 15 consecutive days in the pink jersey before taking fourth overall last autumn, the man from Caldas da Rainha confirmed that result despite the fact the 104th edition had more summit finishes and fewer ITT kilometers.

Sitting in 13th place at the start of the last week, well outside the top 10, João began an amazing comeback race, gradually gaining time in the big mountain stages. His resurgence was kick-started in the gruelling Cortina d’Ampezzo stage, where he infiltrated in the break on a rainy day and ended up taking an impressive sixth place that elevated him three positions in the overall standings.

Sega di Ala and Alpe di Mera, where he finished runner-up for mere seconds after proving out to be the strongest of the GC contenders, only underlined Almeida’s strong condition, which was on display one more time on Alpe Motta, where the 22-year-old showed a lot of grinta and determination to push himself through the pain as he continued to make inroads in the rankings. With one day to go, Almeida knew he had one more card up his sleeve, the 30.3km Milano individual time trial, and he used this opportunity to the maximum, jumping over two more opponents en route to fifth on the stage and sixth in the general classification.

“Despite arriving here after three hard weeks, I felt quite good and was focused on doing a good ITT, and I’m content with the result, especially on a flat course like this. Sixth overall is a very good result and I’m happy to be back in the top 10 after last year’s edition”, said João. “Overall, it was a good Giro d’Italia for me, a race where I learned a lot and where I could see the improvements I have made in the big mountains, where I could stay with the real climbers.”

For Rémi Cavagna, it was a cruel end to his fifth Grand Tour in Milano, where the Corsa Rosa finished for the 79th time in history. The French ITT Champion delivered a very solid and confident ride, going through both intermediate checkpoints with impressive times, and looked on track to clock up the victory, but crashed with just 500 meters to go, after missing a tricky turn. Rémi got himself up from the ground and back on his bike quickly, but the time lost in that incident proved decisive and he concluded stage 21 as runner-up, just 12 seconds behind the winner.

“It’s a real pity. I did a very good time trial, but I took the last turn full gas, as I forgot about it, and went down. I got back on my bike, but there was nothing more to do at that point, so it’s really frustrating, as I felt there was a chance for me to win today. On the other hand, I can’t say I am disappointed finishing second, as I gave everything out there”, Cavagna explained after the stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
33:48
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
3 Edoardo Affini
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:13
4 Matteo Sobrero
Astana - Premier Tech
0:14
5 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:27
6 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:33
7 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education - Nippo
0:34
8 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain - Victorious
0:42
9 Gianni Moscon
INEOS Grenadiers
0:44
10 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:47
27 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:04
34 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:13
64 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:10
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
86:17:28
2 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
1:29
3 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
4:15
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
6:40
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
7:24
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:24
7 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
8:05
8 Hugh Carthy
EF Education - Nippo
8:56
9 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
11:44
10 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
18:35
53 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29:17
56 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:30:40
68 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:19:43
81 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:41:43
121 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:50:45
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
136 pt
2 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
118 pt
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
116 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
86 pt
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
80 pt
6 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
71 pt
7 Andrea Pasqualon
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
61 pt
8 Simone Consonni
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
60 pt
9 Edoardo Affini
Team Jumbo-Visma
59 pt
10 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education - Nippo
57 pt
12 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54 pt
35 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
63 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
97 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R Citroën Team
184 pt
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
140 pt
3 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
99 pt
4 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
83 pt
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
61 pt
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54 pt
7 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
53 pt
8 Lorenzo Fortunato
EOLO-Kometa
52 pt
9 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
49 pt
10 Michael Storer
Team DSM
46 pt
51 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
52 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
86:17:28
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
6:40
3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
7:24
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:24
5 Tobias Foss
Team Jumbo-Visma
11:44
6 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
45:30
7 Lorenzo Fortunato
EOLO-Kometa
47:31
8 Michael Storer
Team DSM
1:49:05
9 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana - Premier Tech
2:01:12
10 Alessandro Covi
UAE-Team Emirates
2:03:30
22 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:41:43
1 INEOS Grenadiers 259:30:31
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 26:52
3 Team DSM 29:09
4 Astana - Premier Tech 33:05
5 Team BikeExchange 1:15:12
6 Trek - Segafredo 1:27:09
7 Movistar Team 1:28:18
8 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:37:51
9 Bahrain - Victorious 1:51:05
10 UAE-Team Emirates 1:54:04

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