'I feel way stronger than before': João Almeida feels vindicated by decision to move to UAE-Team Emirates

The Portuguese signed a five year contract with his new employers

João Almeida
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After scoring his first victory for UAE-Team Emirates on stage four of the Volta a Catalunya, João Almeida admitted relief in doing so and revealed that he has grown as a bike rider in just the few months he has been employed by the team.

The 23-year-old joined the Tour de France winners in the winter after two successful years at Deceuninck-QuickStep where he emerged as one of the sport's most exciting climbers and general classification riders, most memorably leading the Giro d'Italia in 2020 for two weeks.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.