THE country continues to smile with the success of João Almeida and, today, Friday, the Portuguese cyclist almost won the 13th stage, finishing second, in a race that was controlled by Deceuninck-Quick Step.
In a very small group that reached the target in Monselice, the discussion of the stage took place until the last centimeter, with João Almeida only being beaten by Diego Ulysses, gives UAE-Emirates.
The 13th stage, with 192 kilometers between Cervia e Monselice smiled still for Rúben Warrior who, in the rise of fourth category, allowed the Portuguese of EF to increase his advantage as leader of the mountain.
This Saturday, João Almeida plays another card in the maintenance for the pink jersey, facing a time trial 34.1 kilometers. It is recalled that, on Thursday, the Portuguese collected 10 seconds of bonus and tomorrow leaves with 40 seconds advantage.
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