João Almeida avoids penalty for littering after Giro d’Italia judge’s mix-up with team-mate

The Portuguese GC rider faced a time penalty for a second offence, but managed to have the infringement overturned

João Almeida at the Giro d'Italia 2021
(Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

João Almeida has avoided a penalty for littering after race judges confused him with a team-mate at the Giro d’Italia. 

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step leader was initially handed a fine of 500 Swiss francs (£392) on stage three for littering outside the designated zone, which put him at risk of a one-minute time penalty for a second offence. 

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