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João Almeida: I’ve got unfinished business with the Giro d’Italia

João Almeida of Portugal and UAE Team Emirates during a team presentation at the 2022 Vuelta a Burgos

On stage 17 of the 2022 Giro d’Italia, João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) did not know it, but when it came to GC aspirations in Italy’s Grand Tour that year, his number was already up.

For kilometre after kilometre on the lungburstingly-steep stack of hairpins and tunnels that comprises the Passo del Menador climb in the Dolomites, the plucky Portuguese racer had clung on grimly some 100 metres behind his top podium rivals – Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), eventual winner Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) – before losing more ground on the high plateau that followed and which led to that day’s finish.

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