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‘I’ve not been feeling great’: João Almeida downplays Vuelta a España form

‘I’ve not been feeling great’: João Almeida downplays Vuelta a España form

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We’re used to contenders being cautious when it comes to talking up their chances before a race, but UAE Team Emirates leader João Almeida was playing it extra careful ahead of the 2022 Vuelta a España .

“Of course, I’m going to try GC as much as I can. I’ve not been with great, super legs,” Almeida said.

“I don’t want to have the expectation of the podium or something. I’m going to give everything I have, but I want to keep my feet on the ground.”

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He abandoned the Giro d’Italia in May, days from the finish with a COVID-19 positive, when positioned fourth overall.

“I think it’s already in the past, I don’t have any symptoms. I stopped for quite a good time, form doesn’t come that fast. I feel recovered physically and mentally,” Almeida said.“In the last months, I’ve not been feeling great, not feeling the best. My preparation was not ideal, as I wanted it to be,” he said.“That’s a part of cycling, you cannot always feel good. In Burgos, I was still OK so maybe I will surprise during the Vuelta.”His results there suggest he was more than OK. Almeida was second overall, winning the final stage on Lagunas de Neila. The next three weeks will tell whether this is a bluff or the truth.Almeida also turned his […]

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