World Champion Rui Costa Withdraws From Tour de France

CARCASSONNE, France, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - World champion Rui Costa of Portugal withdrew from the Tour de France on Tuesday due to pneumonia, his Lampre-Merida team said in a statement. Costa had been 13th in the standings at almost 13 minutes behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali. His team said he'd been struggling with bronchitis in the Alps before Monday's rest day. Lampre … [Read more...]

Rui Costa Four Peats The Tour de Suisse

SAAS-FEE, Switzerland, June 22, 2014 (AFP) - Portugal's Rui Costa won the Tour of Switzerland title for an unprecedented third time in a row on Sunday after riding to victory in the ninth and final stage. Costa, 27, crossed 14sec ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema with Swiss Mathias Frank 24sec off the pace in third following the 156.5km run from Martigny to Saas-Fee. Germany's … [Read more...]

Vuelta Winner Chris Horner Signs With Team Lampre

PARIS, Jan 30, 2014 - Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner has signed for Lampre, the Italian team confirmed on Thursday. The 42-year-old American has been without a team since leaving RadioShack last year. Lampre will be the 12th team for whom the Japanese-born rider has competed. Horner, who turned professional in 1995, is expected to compete in two big races this season - the Giro … [Read more...]

World Champion Rui Costa Wearing Rainbow Jersey At Tour of Beijing

Recently crowned 2013 road race world champion Rui Costa (POR) will get the chance to wear his rainbow jersey at the 2013 Tour of Beijing when he headlines an impressive Movistar Team. Costa outclassed the best riders in the world in challenging weather on a gruelling course to underline his proven ability as one of the best climbers on the UCI WorldTour. The 26-year-old’s victory in … [Read more...]

Rui Costa Makes Rainbow Jersey History For Portugal

by Justin DAVIS FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 29, 2013 (AFP) - Alberto Rui Costa stunned Spanish rival Joaquin Rodriguez at the finish line of the world championships' road race to become the first Portuguese winner of the coveted rainbow jersey on Sunday. Rodriguez took an unwelcome silver with compatriot Alejandro Valverde winning bronze at the end of the rain-hit 272.2 km epic that … [Read more...]

Rui Costa At The Double As Froome Soaks Up Saxo Tactics

LE GRAND BORNAND, France, July 19, 2013 (AFP) - Costa at the double as Froome sights Tour triumph by Justin Davis =(PICTURE)= LE GRAND BORNAND, France, July 19, 2013 (AFP) - Portugal's Rui Costa claimed his second win of the 100th Tour de France on Friday as yellow jersey holder Chris Froome looked ahead to tasting overall victory in Paris. Movistar rider Costa shot out of a … [Read more...]

Rui Costa Triumphs As Froome, Contador Avoid Tour Disaster

by Justin DAVIS GAP, France, July 16, 2013 (AFP) - Yellow jersey holder Chris Froome hit out at rival Alberto Contador after both narrowly avoided crashing during a dramatic finale to the 16th stage of the Tour de France won by Portuguese Rui Costa on Tuesday. Movistar rider Costa soloed to victory at the end of the undulating 168 km ride from Vaison-La-Romaine to Gap after a … [Read more...]

Costa Doubles Up And Retains Tour of Switzerland Crown

FLUMSERBERG, Switzerland, June 16, 2013 (AFP) - Portuguese rider Rui Costa won his second successive Tour of Switzerland on Sunday after an impressive ride in the ninth and final stage, a 26.8km time-trial in Flumserberg. The 26-year-old, who rides for the Movistar team, timed 51min 57.58sec to easily make up the 13sec gap between him and overnight leader Mathias Frank … [Read more...]

Portugal’s Costa wins Tour of Switzerland

sorenberg, Switzerland, June 17, 2012 (AFP) - Portugal's Movistar rider Rui Costa won the Tour of Switzerland after Sunday's ninth and final stage won by Estonian Tanel Kangert of the Astana team. Costa finished 14 seconds ahead of Luxembourg's Frank Schleck in the final overall standings, with American Levi Leipheimer at 21sec. It was the 25-year-old Costa's biggest victory of his … [Read more...]

Kessiakoff Wins 7th Stage, Rui Costa Remains Leader At Tour de Suisse

GOSSAU, Switzerland, June 15, 2012 (AFP) - Sweden's Fredrik Kessiakoff of the Astana team won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland, while Movistar's Portuguese rider Rui Costa kept the race leader's yellow jersey. Kessiakoff surprised all by winning the 34.4km time trial around Gossau, finishing 2sec ahead of Swiss specialist Fabian Cancellara, with Belgian Maxime Monfort a … [Read more...]