Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 6, 2016

In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes win at Dwars door het Hageland; McCabe continues young rider wins at Utah; Haas wins Burgos, stage 4; Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage; Henderson leaving Lotto-Soudal but is committed to extending career; Frank Schleck announces pending retirement; Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential; Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains; Meet the only female mechanic on the Pro Road Tour; Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues; Meet Laos’ entry in the Olympic road race; Cyclist saves man from jumping off bridge; Woman assaulted for cycling too slow; Rwandan cycling team movie in the works; 2016 Japan Cup preview; Team GB on the Rio road race; Stybar films wet conditions inside the athlete village

Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains

by Michael Better

Currently sitting in second overall at the Tour of Utah, Adrian Costa is an 18-year-old French-American riding for one of the best development teams in the world, Axeon Hagens Berman.

But who is he? Here is an excerpt from the feature:

“The earliest cycling memory I have is on a long hot summer afternoon just baking in my grandpa’s living room watching the Tour on TV and the race going through the Alps,” Costa said. “The race would end at 6pm or so, so I would have time to go for a quick little shred on my yellow mountain bike and just dream of being in the Tour. I wasn’t even 10 years old at that point.”

Both of Costa’s parents are French, thus he has dual citizenship. He still has family over in Europe and he speaks French fluently. The lanky climber’s strength on the bike is undeniable, but his passion, intelligence, maturity, and above all, his drive speaks volumes to the person he his and the man he is going to be.

“I did the first two years [of high school] full-on, but honestly I felt like it was holding me back and I wanted to do cycling full-time and just focus on my passion,” Costa said.

Skipping class, failing classes. That seems to be the route Costa went down, one might think, as he thought of becoming a professional athlete.


Costa worked overtime to get his high school diploma. He finished high school a year early and was able to spend three month of his final junior season in Europe racing with the U.S. national team. “I think that kind of reflects the person I am,” Costa explained. “When I have a goal or something I do, I work stubbornly to it. For me, not finishing high school was not an option,” Costa said.

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