João Almeida after the first big test: “The feelings are good”

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The Portuguese cyclist climbed to eighth place in the Giro.

João Almeida had planned to play it safe on the Giro’s first big mountain and the stage went as planned. The rider from the United Arab Emirates finished 10th on Etna and moved up to eighth place in the individual general.

“It was a good and hard day”, commented the young Portuguese, considering that “the pace was high on the last mountain. “The team helped me to put myself in a good position”, he said. He underlines.

The praise especially went to Rui Oliveira and Rui Costa, who on the approach to Etna kept him at the front of the pack, very accelerated by Ineos. During the long ascent, Almeida always remained in the leading pack of men in the British team. “We’re going up in the standings and the feelings are good, so I’m looking forward to the next tough days,” he added.

German cyclist Lennard Kämna (BORA-hansgrohe) won the race, beating Spaniard Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo), who finished second and took the overall individual lead.

Kämna, 25, completed the 172 kilometers between Avola and Etna in 4h32.11, ahead of López on the finish line, with Estonian Rein Taaramae (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) third at 34 seconds.

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