João Almeida wants the “podium” and counts “30 seconds” on the clock

Interview of the Portuguese cyclist to the Spanish newspaper “As”.

In third place in the general Giro, after having completed 12 stages of the race, João Almeida spoke to the Spanish newspaper “As” and spoke about his ambitions in the individual general.

“The podium is the goal, but if I’m in the top five, I’ll be happy. If I don’t get on the podium, it will be because of bad luck or because the rivals are stronger. I will give everything that I have”, guaranteed the Portuguese cyclist from the United Arab Emirates.

The strategy for the next steps is defined. “If I’m good, I’ll try to attack to save time. When I’m good, I attack. In the end, the best will win, but you have to take advantage of the opportunities,” he said.

In memory remains the climb to the Blockhaus, in which Almeida suffered, but managed to stick with Carapaz, Mikel Landa and Ramain Bardet. “It was very good for me. The last 300 meters were ideal for the sprint, but in the end what matters are the legs. There are very tough stages ahead,” he noted, explaining that in that race he had a setback that hurt him. .

“I changed my bike,” he said, referring to the fact that he doesn’t always feel good when he feels the need to during the stage. “I’m still confident. I wasn’t on good legs and I managed to be with them, despite a bit of pain. I think I can keep up with them,” he said.

The Giro ends with a time trial, a specialty in which Almeida usually deals cards and can be decisive in the final accounts. “From the experience I had in the last two Giros, even though I’m good at time trials, I saw that we all arrived dead at this stage. It’s about the strength that we have left, after so many days. In the first time of this Giro I was good, but I did not take any risks in the turns”, he explained, indicating that he can win “a maximum of 30 seconds”, because “the opponents are very strong”.

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