Milano-Torino - Joao Almeida: I would have loved to follow Roglic and fight for the win
Oct 07 2021 06:48 am CET

Milano-Torino - Joao Almeida: I would have loved to follow Roglic and fight for the win
Milano-Torino - Joao Almeida: I would have loved to follow Roglic and fight for the win
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Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has crossed the finish line of Milano-Torino in third place behind Primoz Roglic and Adam Yates.

The Italian race was particularly difficult due to crosswinds that caused echelons. Both Almeida and Mauri Vensevenant were part of the front group ahead of the final climb of the day. Although, Vensevenant was the first to attack and create a gap with the rest, first Yates and then Roglic caught him and left him behind.

While the battle in front continued and was won by the time trial Olympic champion, Almeida continued, leaving most of his competitors behind, and crossed the finish line just ahead of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

"The team did a very good race today, we were in the front at the right moment and gave our best," said Almeida. "Once we split the peloton, we rode full gas and tried to make it really hard for the others. The final climb was extremely difficult and I would have loved to follow Roglic and fight for the win, but it wasn’t possible.

"Finishing third is a good result and an important boost of confidence for Il Lombardia, where we are motivated to conclude the season on a high note."
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