João Almeida - The portuguese wolf

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I think Yates would have been 3rd if he hadn't tested positive. In any case, it's notable that the Giro riders who performed at the highest level here didn't complete the Giro (López, Almeida, Yates).
They are not all the same - Yates did 16 stages at the Giro, Almeida 17 and MAL 3.

On Yates, we can’t really tell. He would have done well I think, could have finished 3rd, could have finishes in a lower top-10 placement.

Well done to Almeida for doing two almost complete GTs at a very high level. We’ll see what he is really made of on next year’s Giro.
 
Just to give some insight about what to expect from Almeida in 2023...

Just read a chronicle made by Gonçalo Moreira (Portuguese Eurosport commentator) in a Portuguese cycling site about Almeida´s future as a GT contender.
He is someone close to Almeida, went to Sierra Nevada UAE preparation camp last April (preparation camp towards "Il Giro") to be a few days around him and shared something he witnessed between Almeida and his Performance coach San Millán just after Almeida finished a climb at Hazallanas.
After San Millán collected and viewed Almeida's lactate threshold results he said (quote):

- You are very good atm but next year will be the year! Just wait for our comeback at the preparation camp next year and you will see how much better you will be!

Reading this made me wonder if Almeida can make the jump needed from being a Top5 contender, which he already is, to becoming a future GT winner.

In this chronicle Gonçalo also wrote that Almeida is surely bound to go for the Giro once again as his primarily goal for next season.
 
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Just to give some insight about what to expect from Almeida in 2023...

Just read a chronicle made by Gonçalo Moreira (Portuguese Eurosport commentator) in a Portuguese cycling site about Almeida´s future as a GT contender.
He is someone close to Almeida, went to Sierra Nevada UAE preparation camp last April (preparation camp towards "Il Giro") to be a few days around him and shared something he witnessed between Almeida and his Performance coach San Millán just after Almeida finished a climb at Hazallanas.
After San Millán collected and viewed Almeida's lactate threshold results he said (quote):

- You are very good atm but next year will be the year! Just wait for our comeback at the preparation camp next year and you will see how much better you will be!

Reading this made me wonder if Almeida can make the jump needed from being a Top5 contender, which he already is, to becoming a future GT winner.

In this chronicle Gonçalo also wrote that Almeida is surely bound to go for the Giro once again as his primarily goal for next season.
Holy Moses! Let's have a meet up in the clinic :eek:
 
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He seems out of sync with the team... Next year with Costa gone he will be even more isolated. I hope they let him go somewhere he is valued!
A little harshed if you ask me... Almeida already knew that the big dog was at UAE (Poga) and that Ayuso was also a "top dog" in potential. Unless Matxin lied to him he was full aware of the reality he was going to face at UAE.
He won't have the domestiques to work for him at those mountain stages when needed to close gaps, that's for sure.
As for leaving, i´m not seeing any WT team that will be able to buy him from UAE. He's under contract until the end of the 2026 season so a big "football transfer" won't happen.
 
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A little harshed if you ask me... Almeida already knew that the big dog was at UAE (Poga) and that Ayuso was also a "top dog" in potential. Unless Matxin lied to him he was full aware of the reality he was going to face at UAE.
He won't have the domestiques to work for him at those mountain stages when needed to close gaps, that's for sure.
As for leaving, i´m not seeing any WT team that will be able to buy him from UAE. He's under contract until the end of the 2026 season so a big "football transfer" won't happen.
I think he might not have been aware of the lack of domestiques, since he wanted GT leadership, which in most cases includes mountain domestiques.

I wonder if Matxin might sugar coat things.
 
Just to give some insight about what to expect from Almeida in 2023...

Just read a chronicle made by Gonçalo Moreira (Portuguese Eurosport commentator) in a Portuguese cycling site about Almeida´s future as a GT contender.
He is someone close to Almeida, went to Sierra Nevada UAE preparation camp last April (preparation camp towards "Il Giro") to be a few days around him and shared something he witnessed between Almeida and his Performance coach San Millán just after Almeida finished a climb at Hazallanas.
After San Millán collected and viewed Almeida's lactate threshold results he said (quote):

- You are very good atm but next year will be the year! Just wait for our comeback at the preparation camp next year and you will see how much better you will be!

Reading this made me wonder if Almeida can make the jump needed from being a Top5 contender, which he already is, to becoming a future GT winner.

In this chronicle Gonçalo also wrote that Almeida is surely bound to go for the Giro once again as his primarily goal for next season.
Hm, but that's what people will say to the riders, how else would they be motivated? Not saying it's wrong, but it doesn't mean much to me.
 
Hm, but that's what people will say to the riders, how else would they be motivated? Not saying it's wrong, but it doesn't mean much to me.
Agree partially, all coaches want to motivate their athletes but, Almeida’s brain is greater then a chicken’s brain and I’m sure San Millán knows that so don’t think that he was lying to him but saying what he truly believes that Almeida can achieve next year. If San Millán strategy’s for leading athletes is lying to them he will only succeed for a short time.
But I guess we will have to take all of this with a grain of salt and wait for next year to see if there’s an improvement on Almeida.
Some of the improvements he needs are easily fixed if You ask me, like his positioning at crucial times that have been costing him lots of energy that could be spent more efficiently later on stages.
His iTT being worse, now more than ever, I think that’s related to UAE itt setups and last… never saw a domestique besides Almeida in those moments of need, when gaps need to be closed or when you are having a bad moment and you need a wheel to follow.
 
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I think he might not have been aware of the lack of domestiques, since he wanted GT leadership, which in most cases includes mountain domestiques.

I wonder if Matxin might sugar coat things.
Don’t really know but I don’t think that him and his manager are mentality handicapped so I’m sure he was fully aware of the conditions that UAE was giving him!
At the beginning of 2022 (March/April) Almeida gave an interview where he spoke about his objectives for 2022 and the plan in the long run inside UAE. He said that the objective for the Giro was top3 (when he DNS at stage 18 he was 4th just 49 seconds behind Landa at 3rd and with an itt left at stage 21).
When asked if he could aim higher and go for the win he said.. “not this year, I don’t have what it takes yet but next year probably I can”
Looking now at those statements from him I think that we are in front of a guy with good self awareness about his capabilities so i will give him the benefit of the doubt. I truly believe that he can win a GT like the Giro if not competing against Poga, Vinge, Roglic and Evenepoel.
 
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Don’t really know but I don’t think that him and his manager are mentality handicapped so I’m sure he was fully aware of the conditions that UAE was giving him!
At the beginning of 2022 (March/April) Almeida gave an interview where he spoke about his objectives for 2022 and the plan in the long run inside UAE. He said that the objective for the Giro was top3 (when he DNS at stage 18 he was 4th just 49 seconds behind Landa at 3rd and with an itt left at stage 21).
When asked if he could aim higher and go for the win he said.. “not this year, I don’t have what it takes yet but next year probably I can”
Looking now at those statements from him I think that we are in front of a guy with good self awareness about his capabilities so i will give him the benefit of the doubt. I truly believe that he can win a GT like the Giro if not competing against Poga, Vinge, Roglic and Evenepoel.
Actually LRCP Patrick said yesterday that he thinks Almeida can win the giro if he works on positioning etc.

I just don't think positioning is the easiest to fix in the team he's in :smiley:
 
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So in the LRCP podcast they referred to an interview with one of the DS of UAE having said that they race for UCI points.

So eventually their tactics are explained; everyone in UAE will always get their chances in the same races :D
 
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