João Almeida returns to the Hagens Berman Axeon squad for his second year. After hearing about the team and following the team’s social media accounts, the Portuguese rider turned a dream into a reality last year by setting high goals for himself and working hard.
Almeida made a name for himself in 2016 when he became Portugal’s Road Race and Time Trial Junior National Champion. In his debut season with Axeon, he took top honors winning the 2018 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. In June, Almeida placed 2nd overall and 1st in the youth classification at the U23 Giro Ciclistico d’Italia. The 19-year-old (at the time) finished runner-up in Portugal’s U23 National Championship ITT and Road Race to then teammates Ivo Oliveira and Rui Oliveira (respectively).
AWhen asked what he is looking forward to the most in his second year he responded, “I want to keep learning and growing as a teammate and rider. I’m especially looking forward to racing Liege and L’avenir.”
|13th||Grand Prix de Wallonie|
|36th||UEC Juniors & U23 Road European Championships U23 - Road Race|
|10th||UEC Juniors & U23 Road European Championships U23 - ITT|
|2nd||National Championships Portugal U23 - Road Race|
|2nd||National Championships Portugal U23 - ITT|
|2nd||Giro Ciclistico d'Italia|
|2nd||Stage 9b (ITT)|
|5th||Ronde de l'Isard|
|61st||Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste|
|1st||Liège - Bastogne - Liège U23|
|70th||Circuit des Ardennes International|
|20th||Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux|
|11th||Stage 3a (ITT)|
|119th||Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne|
|119th||Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde|
|104th||Danilith Nokere Koerse|
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