It wasn't a dig on Almeida. Simply that last year, nothing happened. And Almeida always climbs like that. It is actually very smart, to stay below threshold and only go above for the part that you can actually endure. If you do it sooner, you explode and will lose more time than you could have possibly gained. Added bonus being that the others are usually not as smart and you get to pass them before the line.After watching last year's race and watching him this year I cannot take him out of the equation. They would be a fool to do it. Who can tell me that Covid did not affect his performance towards the end? I understand he has longer odds but I would not discard them.
Having said that, I used him as an example. There could be another Carapaz hiding behind the tree waiting to ambush the big two. History can very well repeat itself.