On a CN article a few weeks ago they said he received a 3 million offer. With these kind of values it's hard to say no.I still think it's odd he leaves QS. That team has so few GC riders that there surely must be one-week stage races as well as at least one GT where Almeida can have GC ambitions if he wants. Has to be money then.
i must agree with Pinot's goat on this one... ATM every single result of João in high Mountain stages shows us that he isn't a 1st class climber for sure, he's not a climber and time will tell if he will improve in the next years at high mountains. Despite that being said... he's an all rounder, strong in iTT, strong finish in small groups, very reliable at medium montains and hills and as far as we can see untill now, with good recovery capabilities in 3 weeks GT. He will never be the best at anything but ATM he's very good at everything except high mountains... He also has very good handling of the bike and the mindset for suffering...Would it be that shocking if a 22 year old rider could still improve as a climber?
In the interview published online today he said that the deal with the new team it's done... wonder what team it is... Maybe Bora but i would love if it was Trek Segafedo.On a CN article a few weeks ago they said he received a 3 million offer. With these kind of values it's hard to say no.
I think he can still manage top 10.
I'm not saying that this is the most likely scenario, but if he has timed his peak correctly he could definitely show considerable improvement from a couple of months ago.In the future maybe but he won't have improved enough since his last stage races a couple of months ago.
As far as high mountain stages goes and ATM even if he has the legs for it, which i doubt, his giro current GC result is attached to Remco's performance, if remco stays strong maybe he can keep up and save some energy, if he needs to work to protect and pull remco then we'll never know if at the present time, he has improved or not at high mountains.I'm not saying that this is the most likely scenario, but if he has timed his peak correctly he could definitely show considerable improvement from a couple of months ago.
I'm not expecting him to be super strong in the third week but I do think you are very quick to write off the possibility.
Well... as i said yesterday first nail in the coffin for João Almeida´s Top 10 pretentions... Remco had a bad day and almeida had to do his job pulling the leader (twice), if not Almeida would probably finish next to Caruso, Yates and Foss, he surely looked fine today. Let's hope that Remco or João stop having bad days from now onIn the interview published online today he said that the deal with the new team it's done... wonder what team it is... Maybe Bora but i would love if it was Trek Segafedo.
As far as top 10 is concerning ATM there are to many if...
Then yes it's possible to finish top10
- if remco stays strong and doesn't need to be pulled in a bad day
- If he doesn't crack at stages 14 and 16, especially the latest
- If some of the top15 GC contenders have a bad day
- If he performs accordingly his potential at the 30km itt in the last stage
He should have followed team orders, but probably still had (realistic?) GC hopes. A top-10 wasn't out of the question before yesterday's stage.His GC ambitions are over, it's either helping Remco or going for stage wins - and that wasn't going to happen yesterday anyway.
By what he's saying, it sounds like the douche option is more plausible.