BALL – João Almeida Line Manager in the United Arab Emirates in Giro with Rui Costa and Rui Oliveira (cycling)

The United Arab Emirates-United Arab Emirates team announced this Saturday a team selected for the Giro d’Italia, which starts next Friday in Budapest, Hungary and will be led by João Almeida. Alongside him are the Portuguese Rui Costa and Rui Oliveira, as well as the Italian David Formolo, Diego Ulissi and Alessandro Covi, the Argentine Maximiliano Richeze and the Colombian Fernando Gaviria.

João Almeida was fourth in his first major race in 2020 and sixth in the 2021 QuickStep race.

“This is a special competition for me, I have great memories and I am excited to return to the big team to look for great results,” João Almeida told the team’s media.

“My goal is to get a good result in the overall standings, but we also have Gaviria in the sprints and other riders who have already won in Giro. I look forward to it,” he said, having a high-level coach in the Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Sports Director Fabio Baldato confirmed that João Almeida is the bet: “We are excited to have a strong team in Giro. João Almeida will be our man in the overall standings and I believe we have a team that is more than capable of supporting him.

The race will run from 6 to 29 May.

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