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Rui Costa (cyclist)

Rui Costa
Costa at the 2022 Giro d'Italia.
Personal information
Full nameRui Alberto Faria da Costa
Born (1986-10-05) 5 October 1986 (age 37)
Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight69 kg (152 lb; 10 st 12 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamEF Education–EasyPost
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team
2005–2006Santa Maria da Feira–E-Leclerc
Professional teams
2007–2008S.L. Benfica
2009–2013Caisse d'Epargne[2]
2014–2022Lampre–Merida[3][4][5][6]
2023Intermarché–Circus–Wanty
2024–EF Education–EasyPost
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
3 individual stages (2011, 2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2023)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (2012, 2013, 2014)
Abu Dhabi Tour (2017)
Four Days of Dunkirk (2009)
Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid (2011)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2023)

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (2013)
National Time Trial Championships (2010, 2013)
National Road Race Championships (2015, 2020)
GP de Montréal (2011)
Japan Cup (2023)
Medal record
Men's road bicycle racing
Representing  Portugal
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Florence Road race

Rui Alberto Faria da Costa, ComIH[7] (born 5 October 1986) is a Portuguese professional road bicycle racer, who rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education–EasyPost.[8] He is best known for winning the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Tuscany, Italy (the first Portuguese rider to do so), three stages of the Tour de France in 2011 and 2013, one stage in the Vuelta a España in 2023, and the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the Tour de Suisse, becoming the first cyclist to win the event for three consecutive years.[9]

Early life and amateur career

Born in Aguçadoura, Póvoa de Varzim, Costa started his career at Guilhabreu, a civil parish of Vila do Conde, then went to Santa Maria da Feira.

Professional career

2007–10: Early years

Costa became a professional cyclist at Benfica in 2007, and switched to Caisse d'Epargne in 2009. In 2009, Costa won the Four Days of Dunkirk followed by a win on stage 8 of the 2010 Tour de Suisse.

Costa at the 2010 Tour de France

In 2010, Costa was involved with an altercation with Carlos Barredo at the end of Stage 6 of the Tour de France, with Barredo removing his front wheel and attempting to club Costa with it before both riders lobbed blows at each other. Both were fined 300 francs for the incident.[10]

At the Portuguese national championships in June 2010 Costa and his brother Mário tested positive for the banned substance methylhexanamine,[11] which they claimed to have ingested inadvertently due to a tainted food supplement. Further testing proved that to be the case,[12] and he re-signed with his former team, then known as Movistar Team, in April 2011 after five months of suspension.[2]

2011

Costa on the podium after winning the 2011 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

In 2011, Costa performed well in the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid: after second places in the first and third stages, he won the overall classification.[13] Later that season, Costa rode away solo to win stage 8 of the Tour de France.[14][15] Following his previous successes, Costa won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, sprinting away from a late breakaway, beating breakaway companion Pierrick Fédrigo. Both were chased by Philippe Gilbert, who made a late counter-attack, but came two seconds short.[16]

2012

Costa at the 2012 Tour de France

In 2012, Costa finished third in the General classification of the Tour de Romandie.[17] He won stage 2 in the Tour de Suisse, took the race's lead and successfully defended the yellow jersey through the Tour.[18] He hung on to his 14 seconds overall lead over second-placed Fränk Schleck in the last stage, where Schleck attacked on the slopes of the Glaubenberg Pass. Schleck crested the climb with an advantage of a minute over Costa, but was reeled back in along the descent by the small group containing Costa. The pair finished the stage with the same time.[19] He said after the important win: "I want to dedicate this to the team, because my teammates worked magnificently all week. I have no words to describe it."[20] Costa headed to the Tour de France, slated to ride in support of his leader Alejandro Valverde, but crashes and incidents plagued Valverde,[21] who still managed to grab a stage win and finished 20th overall. Costa placed higher than his captain in the general classification at 18th.[22] He then participated in the GP Ouest-France, where he settled for second place of the French classic. He escaped on the last climb of the day with 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to go, but Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen passed him in the final kilometer, and Costa protected his second place as the surging peloton crossed the finish line on his heels.[23] In September, he headed to the Canadian province of Quebec to take part in the two World Tour races held there. He took the third step of the podium in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, winning the sprint of a group of 16 riders in hot pursuit of the two escapees, Simon Gerrans and Greg Van Avermaet, who finished four seconds ahead of Costa.[24] Two days later, he aimed at defending his title in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, but finished eighth, once again with a 4-second deficit over the winner, Lars Petter Nordhaug.[25] He concluded his season in China at the Tour of Beijing, scoring another top ten overall placing with ninth.

2013

In 2013,[26] Costa started the year by winning the Klasika Primavera and finishing third in the Tour de Romandie and also aimed to defend his Tour de Suisse title.[27] He later successfully defended his title after winning stage seven, and then taking the yellow jersey from Mathias Frank after winning the final stage, a hill climb time trial.[28] In the Tour de France, Costa left the Pyrenees inside the top ten. On stage 13, Costa lost close to ten minutes after going back to try to help his team leader, Valverde, who suffered a puncture. On stage 16, Costa ended up on a breakaway where he attacked on the last climb of the day, the Col de Manse before the final downhill to a solo finish in Gap.[29] He was also awarded the combativity prize of that stage. A few days later, Costa won stage 19 after escaping from the lead group on the Col de la Croix Fry, he ended up with another solo finish in Le Grand-Bornand.

Costa won the elite men's race at the UCI Road World Championships in Tuscany, Italy, becoming the first Portuguese rider to wear the rainbow jersey. After the race Costa said: "After the Tour, the goal was to reach the World Cup in the best possible conditions and make a good race. But I never thought I could win a race as important as this. It means everything to me. It is the reward for a lifetime of effort and hard work."[30][31]

2014–22: Lampre–Merida

Costa left the Movistar Team at the end of the 2013 season, and joined Lampre–Merida for the 2014 season.[3]

2014

Costa, wearing the rainbow jersey as the incumbent world champion, at the 2014 Tour de Suisse

Costa started the 2014 season by taking third place and the points classification jersey in the Volta ao Algarve. He then finished second overall in Paris–Nice and, for the third consecutive year, claimed the third place in the Tour de Romandie. Costa's first win of the season in the world champion's rainbow jersey occurred in the last stage of the Tour de Suisse. With this victory Costa took the yellow jersey from Tony Martin and successfully defended his title, thus becoming the first cyclist to win Tour de Suisse three consecutive times.

Costa entered the Tour de France with high hopes, aiming for a podium finish, but started to lose touch with the front riders due to bronchitis.[32] During the second rest day, his health condition worsened and he was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia. Ranked 13th in the general classification, Costa was forced to withdraw from the Tour.[33] He returned to UCI World Tour competition at the GP Ouest-France, crossing the finish line in 92nd place, 11 seconds behind winner Sylvain Chavanel.[34] Costa then competed in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, securing a runner-up place in the latter race, behind Simon Gerrans.

Costa went to the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, with the aim of defending his road race title; he finished in 23rd place, seven seconds behind the winner and his successor, Michał Kwiatkowski of Poland.[35][36]

2015

Costa took the fourth place in the general classification of Paris–Nice as a first notable result, thanks in part to a third place on the time trial up Col d'Èze.[37] He finished seventh in the mountainous World Tour race, the Tour of the Basque Country. He also grabbed the fourth place in the Amstel Gold Race, where Michał Kwiatkowski imposed himself;[38] a week later he would come again in fourth place at Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He decided not to go defend his title at the Tour de Suisse, which he had won three times in a row, and participated in the concurrent Critérium du Dauphiné instead.[39] Costa won the sixth stage of the race after being in the breakaway for most of the day, passing Vincenzo Nibali near the finish line.[40] A week before the Tour de France, Costa won the Portuguese National Road Race Championships. At the Tour de France he retired due to injuries picked up in a crash, leading him to announce he would ride for stage wins in the future.[41]

2017

He was named in the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia.[42]

Career achievements

Major results

Source: [43]

2007
1st Overall Giro delle Regioni
2008
2nd Overall Giro delle Regioni
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
5th Road race
8th Time trial
5th Overall Clásica Internacional de Alcobendas
2009 (2 pro wins)
1st Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Young rider classification
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Vuelta a Chihuahua
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
2010 (3)
1st Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Trofeo Deià
1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
2nd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Young rider classification
6th Overall Volta ao Algarve
2011 (3)
1st Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
1st Points classification
1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
1st Stage 8 Tour de France
4th Overall Circuit de Lorraine
2012 (2)
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 2
2nd GP Ouest–France
2nd Trofeo Deià
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
4th GP Miguel Induráin
5th Overall Volta ao Algarve
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
9th Overall Tour of Beijing
10th UCI World Tour
2013 (8)
1st Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stages 7 & 9 (ITT)
1st Klasika Primavera
Tour de France
1st Stages 16 & 19
Combativity award Stage 16
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
4th Overall Tour of Beijing
4th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
5th Overall Volta ao Algarve
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
9th UCI World Tour
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2014 (2)
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 9
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
3rd Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Points classification
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
3rd Giro di Lombardia
4th UCI World Tour
4th Overall Tour of Beijing
2015 (2)
1st Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 6
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
4th Overall Paris–Nice
4th Amstel Gold Race
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th UCI World Tour
9th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2016
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Overall Tour of Oman
6th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
10th Road race, Olympic Games
10th Overall Paris–Nice
10th La Flèche Wallonne
Combativity award Stage 19 Tour de France
2017 (3)
1st Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
5th Overall Vuelta a San Juan
1st Stage 5
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
10th Overall Tour de Pologne
2018
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
8th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
10th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
10th Overall Tour of Oman
2019
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
4th Overall Tour of Oman
7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
10th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
10th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2020 (2)
National Road Championships
1st Road race
2nd Time trial
3rd Overall Saudi Tour
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Tour du Limousin
4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
10th Overall Tour de Pologne
2021
2nd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
2022
3rd Overall Tour of Oman
3rd Overall Saudi Tour
10th Overall Tour du Limousin
2023 (5)
1st Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Stage 5
1st Japan Cup
1st Trofeo Calvià
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
2nd La Drôme Classic
4th Strade Bianche
4th Figueira Champions Classic
5th Gran Piemonte
8th Clásica de San Sebastián
9th Classic Sud-Ardèche
10th Overall Volta ao Algarve
2024
6th Trofeo Calvià

General classification results timeline

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Pink jersey Giro d'Italia 27 44
Yellow jersey Tour de France DNF 73 90 18 27 DNF DNF 49 53 77 67
gold jersey/red jersey Vuelta a España 43 44 41
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Paris–Nice DNF 2 4 10 DNF 55
Tirreno–Adriatico 145 60 29 18 10 28
Volta a Catalunya NH DNF 69
Tour of the Basque Country 15 13 51 7 7 12 DNF
Tour de Romandie 18 3 3 3 25 6 5 2 13 DNF
Critérium du Dauphiné 43 3
Tour de Suisse 13 34 1 1 1 7 5 56 NH 7 DNF DNF

Classics results timeline

Monument 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Milan–San Remo 79 49 51 DNF
Tour of Flanders 113 DNF
Paris–Roubaix 58 DNF NH
Liège–Bastogne–Liège DNF DNF 17 9 DNF 4 3 14 22 DNF 40 63 31
Giro di Lombardia 26 25 38 38 3 46 15 54 38 DNF
Classic 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Strade Bianche 47 DNF 39 4
Amstel Gold Race 120 DNF 19 DNF 17 4 17 38 27 13 NH 54 32
La Flèche Wallonne DNF 18 32 53 28 10 31 19 26 85 DNS
Clásica de San Sebastián 99 95 49 NH 44 8
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec NH 11 3 5 33 24 13 16 41 NH 102
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 1 8 6 2 3 49 6 7 DNF

Major championships timeline

Event 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Olympic Games Road race Not held 13 Not held 10 Not held Not held
Time trial
World Championships Road race 69 15 11 1 23 9 19 10 10 26
Time trial 49 33
European Championships Road race Race did not exist 6 DNF 29 18
Time trial 11
National Championships Road race 2 DSQ 11 1 1
Time trial DSQ 1 2 8 2
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DNS Did not start
DSQ Disqualified
IP In progress
NH Not held

Awards

  • Portuguese Sportsman of the Year (Prémio Desportista Masculino do Ano): 2012, 2013, 2014

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Awards Preceded byHélder Rodrigues Portuguese Sportsman of the Year 2012–2014 Succeeded byMiguel Oliveira
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