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IndiPac cancelled; Adrien Costa bows out, for now: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

February 7, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Adrien Costa gives up his spot at Hagens Berman Axeon; 2018 Indian Pacific Wheel Race cancelled; Fernando Gaviria wins first stage of Colombia Oro y Paz; Dylan Groenewegen fastest in Dubai; beautiful photos from the cyclocross world championships; Gallery: the Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Cavendish mulls switch to motorbikes after cycling; a Superbowl ad for the state championships; hero’s welcome at Colombia Oro y Paz

Adrien Costa gives up his spot at Hagens Berman Axeon

by Caley Fretz

Rising American star Adrien Costa will not return to racing with Hagens Berman Axeon this season, the team announced Monday. Sean Bennett of CCB Foundation-Sicleri Cycling Team will take his place on the team.

Costa turned down a spot on the prolific development program headed by Axel Merckx following a long break from racing that began in July, 2017. He took the time to work outside cycling, explore education options, and step away from the racing world, with the intention of returning to the bike in 2018. He has decided he will not do so.

“I’m just not ready to come back yet,” Costa said. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t want to hold a spot on the team when that meant denying someone else of the opportunity.

“Since I stopped racing in April 2017, I’ve learned a lot about myself and realized how big, and unbalanced, of a part of me was cycling.”

Costa was one of the brightest talents coming through the American development system. He’s the only American to have won the Tour de Bretagne, and finished second in the Tour of Utah in 2016, when he was just 18. He rode with Quick-Step as a stagiaire the same year.

He plans to return to Oregon State University to complete a degree in Outdoor Leadership and Tourism.

“I look forward to still spending some time on my bike, catching up with friends new and old, and keeping it fun,” Costa said. “Who knows that the future will hold; as I’ve come to learn, anything is possible.”

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Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and was shot at Challenge Majorca