The Loulé City Council will, today in the late afternoon, symbolically put a pink shirt on the statue “O Ciclista”, in Loulé, as a way of expressing its moral support to the cyclist João Almeida who participates in the Giro d'Italia, with a performance never before achieved by a Portuguese in this event.
In a land with a strong tradition in cycling, the Louletan community wants to transmit, in the final stretch of the trophy, a message of encouragement to this young man who has been a revelation in this edition of the Volta à Itália, featuring moments that have made all the Parents.
With only 22 years old, João Almeida wears, since the third stage of the Giro, the pink jersey of leader. The last time a Portuguese man achieved this feat was in 1989, when the runner Acácio da Silva managed to be the first to cut the goal in one of the stages of the Italian trophy. He is also the current leader of the Youth classification (white jersey).
The young runner, born in Caldas da Rainha, equaled the Belgian Eddy Merckx in the number of days in a row with the pink jersey worn, which opens up good prospects for a victory at the service of Deceuninck-QuickStep.
In 2018, the corridor had distinguished itself in Transalpine territory, winning second place in the Giro d'Italia Hopes. In 2019, he won the Portuguese Champion on the Road – Hope and the Portuguese Time Trial Champion – the Hope.
It is recalled that, in 2016, João Almeida participated in the Volta ao Concelho de Loulé in Juniors, in his second year as a junior in the Bairrada team, having won the 2nd place in the overall and the blue jersey, bleeding the king of the Mountain. This year it was the 9th classified in the Volta ao Algarve
“Louletans are always passionate lovers and supporters of cycling. We could not remain indifferent to the performance of this young man in one of the most important velocipedic events in the world. In this way, we want to mark this moment and publicly express our support for João Almeida, an athlete who, more than a promise, is already a certainty in the future of the sport in Portugal ”, considers the mayor of Loulé, Vítor Aleixo.