I also heard Matti Breschel saying that Guerreiro will be the first Portuguese rider ever to take a jersey in a Grand Tour and that he is in for a hero's welcome back home. I'm sure the Portuguese cycling fans have had a blast the past three weeks.Just to show you how his perfomance is very important for cycling in PORTUGAL, if he today finish 4th or even keep the 5th position will be just the second best perfomance of a portuguese rider in a GT
Hopefully it is just the age when you show this consistency and ITT ability and extremly good climbing overall surely a future GT winner. Atleast a contender for sure, he was very respectable in the mountains, the Stelvio was just too much. His recovery is on another level most riders would of not just lost the Giro on the Stelvio they would of lost 20 plus minutes considering his age? Incredible future i hope. My new FAV along with Bernal and Mas.Yes, first jersey for a portuguese and the best ever result in the Giro. The previous best result was José Azevedo's 5th place in 2001.
Excelent time-trial today. Almeida seems to have a great recovery, just needs to work on the high mountains.
Can't wait for next year.
The recovery is immense! When he broke on the Stelvio I was fairly sure this was going to be a case of going going gone and he'd ship a packet at Sestriere and do an average final TT but he bounced back so well.
Would have to be with a lot of TT kms and nothing steep or high altitude in the mountains. Look at the time he lost on Piancavallo, Stelvio, Sestriere and then imagine if any riders like Pogacar, Roglic, Carapaz, Bernal... were here
I think the long steady climbs of the Tour might suit him more than the Vuelta style climbs.
I think the potential is there, but he clearly has a lot of work ahead of him on the high mountains before he can be considered a contendor for a GT with top level competition.Would have to be with a lot of TT kms and nothing steep or high altitude in the mountains. Look at the time he lost on Piancavallo, Stelvio, Sestriere and then imagine if any riders like Pogacar, Roglic, Carapaz, Bernal... were here
But know that he took off the pink skin he will just be "The Panther" or "Our Panther" for the worthy ones!Almeida's mother was on the phone with Eurosport Portugal during some of the stages and she said that João was her Pink Panther.