Almeida Signs For Deceuninck-Quickstep

Joao Almeida (Axeon Hagens Berman)

Double U23 Portuguese champion João Almeida is the latest rider to sign for the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad. The 21-year-old inked a two-year deal with the WorldTour team. Almeida is currently racing with Hagens Berman Axeon at the Tour of Utah , where he holds the best young rider's jersey and seventh place overall after the high summit finish at Powder Mountain. CEO Patrick Lefevere has had his eye on Almeida for some time, and Almeida has visited with the team during their winter training camps twice. Having impressed the team with his work ethic and with a solid string of results in 2018 including second overall and best young rider at the Baby Giro a win at the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, it was time to give Almeida a spot in the major leagues. "We are known for our knack of spotting young guys, promoting them on the WorldTour and developing them into ...

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