João Almeida - Bota Lume

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I think today at the Giro (Stage 17) was his best ride as a pro. He can climb.

Definitely answered the biggest question about him as a potential GT winner today (big climbing performance on a real mountain stage late in a race).

Next is to show that he won't fall back over the remainder of the race, and then to chain 3 strong weeks together and make a serious challenge at a podium
 
On another note, why on earth did he lose 4 minutes on stage 4 again? If that doesn't happen he likely doesn't get called back on the sterrato and loses another 2 minutes less. Because let's just say, if this guy was 6 minutes further up in the gc I'd be massively worried as Bernal right now.
He confirmed by himself that he forgot to eat (and I belive him looking at his later performances). When you're bonked you can do nothing more.

Don't forget about Zoncolan as well..
 
He's becoming the kind of rider that might win a 4 weeks long GT

Meanwhile, he keeps raising his number of top-10 with no wins
He's becoming Kruijswijk basically lol.

From what I've seen from him last year and in this Giro, he has a very important skill to become an excellent GT rider. Apart from his TT skills, he's shown he is a dog and doesn't fade easily. You can drop him, but he'll fight back. He is excellent in pacing himself and...wow, today's performance was something else. He was basically the best climber (with Yates and Martin) in the peloton today. I'm impressed.
 
This topic has just become so much better after I've looked back and read the comments that said he would never be a great climber.
He's just 22 years, it would be stupid to think that he never would be a great climber. He improved a lot in climbing skills since giro 2020, and there's other important thing, joao almeida just started to train in the high mountains in the last year. Before he go to quick step, he never climbed in the high mountains.
 
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From what I've seen from him last year and in this Giro, he has a very important skill to become an excellent GT rider. Apart from his TT skills, he's shown he is a dog and doesn't fade easily. You can drop him, but he'll fight back. He is excellent in pacing himself and...wow, today's performance was something else. He was basically the best climber (with Yates and Martin) in the peloton today. I'm impressed.

And remember that he didn't seem to struggle on gravel at all. This is equally important ability these days!
 
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The true leader for DQS for this Giro without a doubt. Unfortunately the team !@#$ up good when they made Remco leader just before the start. Yeah he's a Belgian rider and with a Belgian team and sponsor you can't make a Portuguese rider who's contract would not be renewed the leader. But that's not what was "promised" . To make things worse they withdraw Almeida's free role when he had 1 bad day (something with bad eating). On the gravel ride you saw right away how strong he was and he seemed to make that clear to the team. I understand a team needs to make a decision and probably this was the best one on paper but sometimes you need to take risks and believe in the riders. They simplydid not.

Today Almeida was the fastest climber on that last climb. Totally unexpected for sure but he was and that must give him some extra confidence. With a TT to come and a few mountaints a top 5 is still possible. There is a bright future for this kid. His time will come.