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‘Nothing crazy happened’ – Vine keeps Almeida in the hunt at Giro d’Italia

'Nothing crazy happened' – Vine keeps Almeida in the hunt at Giro d'Italia

It could have gone a lot worse for João Almeida on stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia. If Jay Vine hadn’t been there, it almost certainly would have. After shaking the race with his attack at Monte Bondone two days previously, Almeida found himself in the damage limitation business at Val di Zoldo. The Giro giveth and the Giro taketh away.

On Tuesday, Almeida’s stage victory had lifted him ahead of Primoz Roglič and into second overall. Here, he conceded 21 seconds to the Slovenian and to maglia rosa Geraint Thomas after being distanced on the penultimate ascent of Coi, dropping to third overall at 39 seconds in the process.

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