Rui Costa: True champion will enrich LAMPRE-MERIDA.
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, also known as “Rui Costa”, will join in the next season Saronni’s team.
A good part of Tour de France 2013 will shine with blue-fuchsia-green colors, since Portuguese cyclist won two stages in this year Grande Boucle, nailing two extraordinary breakways to Gap and to Le Grand Bornand.
These are well known examples that give an idea of the cycling top quality of the twenty-six years old rider from Póvoa de Varzim, who obtained in his career 17 victories, most important of which are two final classifications triumphs in Tour de Suisse (2012 and 2013), Super Besse stage in Tour de France 2011 and Gp Montreal 2011.
Rui Costa is competitive on every kind of courses, he’s a strong rouleur (current Portuguese time trial champion) and a quick climber, so he’ll be able for sure to give value and to exploit the high mechanical technology of Merida bikes.
General manager Saronni welcomed the Portuguese athlete using these words: “We welcome in our group a great rider, an athlete that give excitement to millions of cycling fans by the means of his amazing victories in Tour de France. Rui Costa is a proud member of the top cyclists group of the world: we understood he could have been the best athlete for giving prestige to our team project and we’re more than happy he chose to join our team”.
Rui Costa explained why he chose to join LAMPRE-MERIDA, while he received my proposals by other top teams: “In the past years I cover a regular course of improvement that allowed me to get to amazing victories.
I think it’s now time for me, in this moment of my career, to aim at an even more important target: fighting for a top result in the classification of a stages racer such Tour de France. I think LAMPE-MERIDA could be the best framework for me to try to achieve this goal, I’m sure I made the best choice.
I thanks LAMPRE-MERIDA’s management and sponsors”.
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa was born in 1986 in Póvoa de Varzim (Portugal)
183 cm of heights and 68 kg of weight, after two years in Under 23 category he joined pro cycling in 2007, obtaining 17 victories.