At the end of the contract with the Deceuninck-Quick Step at the end of the 2021 season, Joao Almeida will no longer be a Belgian rider next year. And it’s Patrick lefevere, the general manager of Wolfpack, who officially announced it this Saturday in the columns of The newspapaer. “João Almeida will leave our team at the end of the season. His agent has shown relatively little respect in the negotiations. He has told me too often: ‘Patrick, I swear on my children’s head that …’. I am allergic to this statement. Anyone who is honest should not use such language. ” As a reminder, Joao Almeida was first announced at UAE-Team Emirates, but the BORA-hansgrohe now seems to be holding the rope according to the latest information.
Video – It’s official, Joao Almeida is leaving the Wolfpack!
“I don’t care whether I win the Giro with a Belgian or a Portuguese”
Also evoking the Tour of Italy which starts this Saturday, Patrick lefevere assured that the departure of the Portuguese would change absolutely nothing to the strategy put in place before the Grand Départ. “This will not determine the tactical choices we make on this Giro. These are thewhich legs will decide […] Besides, I don’t really care whether I win the Giro with a Belgian or a Portuguese. Anyone who knows me knows that the team jersey is more important to me than nationality. João (Almeida) is the leader, Remco (Evenepoel) has a free role. Afterwards, if Remco is the stronger of the two and Almeida doesn’t do what we expect him to do, his bike will go in the truck and he will quit the race. And it will be exactly the same otherwise “, concludes a Patrick lefevere determined that its leaders put the collective above all on this Tour of Italy.
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