Really odd post. What do you think diminutive means exactly?A post full of nonsenses if you ask me.
He’s on a contract with UAE until 2026 so don’t know what you are talking about.
Don’t understand what you mean calling him a diminutive climber? He surely hasn’t anything diminutive in him, surely not the best climber in the WT but way above average, besides he’s atm 1 of the top 10 GC riders in the peloton. Easily 2nd tier class GC rider, just clearly lacking to Poga, Vinge, Roglic, Evenepoel and before crash Bernal. With potential to be in close contention with any of the other GC riders so very capable of podium a GT in the future.
As for not being punchy I think he’s punchy enough. Just wasn’t at the best of forms in the first half of this GT and I think that Covid had something to do with it. As we saw today he’s getting better and with a chance of ending top5 which isn’t to bad.
Anyway I refer you to the Cadel comparison. A rider being capable of making one or two efforts isn't the same as being able to repeat them. Almeida clearly can't do that , which is why he has to ride at his own pace so often.
As for his future, that's up to UAE but if he doesn't pull out a big result soon I'd be surprised if he hasn't already slipped down the pecking order.