'It was my mistake': João Almeida takes the blame for losing Volta a Catalunya race lead

The Portuguese rider now sits third on GC, one second ahead of Nairo Quintana

João Almeida
(Image credit: Getty)

João Almeida has admitted that he was to blame for losing his lead at the Volta a Catalunya in spectacular fashion to Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The UAE-Team Emirates rider, who won in the Pyrenees on stage four and then took control of the race a day later, was unable to bring back an early, daring attack from eventual stage winner Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Higuita.

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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 feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly 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.