João Almedia – It’s never too soon to take the Giro d’Italia maglia rosa

Two years ago, when João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) took his first major step in a Grand Tour on the Mount Etna stage of the Giro d’Italia and claimed his first-ever maglia rosa at age 21, realistically there was no knowing how long his dream of staying in the pink jersey would last.

The answer was much longer than widely expected. After taking in the opening time trial at Palermo in the delayed Giro d’Italia edition of 2020, Almeida seamlessly moved up to first on Etna, where he placed 11th a little behind Wilco Kelderman and Vincenzo Nibali. The performance was impressive enough, but became even more so when he stubbornly remained in the lead for a further 14 days, finally finishing fourth overall.

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