Deceuninck – Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team (Belgium) - Press Release: The young Portuguese has signed a contract that will see him ride for our squad until 2021.
Hailing from Caldas da Rainha, João Almeida has made a name for himself as early as 2016, when he won the national junior road race and time trial titles, a performance he repeated this year, but in the U23 ranks. In between, he became the first ever Portuguese rider to triumph at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, concluded seventh overall at the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir and came very close to winning the 2018 Girobio, finishing runner-up after being caught behind a crash on the final day.
A strong all-rounder, João has been on Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s radar for some time now, joining the team during our winter training camp on two occasions and impressing each time with his talent, mentality and work ethic, which have now landed him a two-year contract with the UCI World Team Classification leader, an agreement that will see him become the first ever Portuguese rider in the history of the squad.
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