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by Mark Zalewski
January 3, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Solo victories for Spratt and Hepburn on stage 2 of the 2017 Bay Crits; Knee surgery for Heinrich Haussler; Peter Sagan shows off new rainbow stripes; Mario Costa announces retirement; Fewest cycling deaths in New Zealand for 25 years; Help choose Marianne Vos’ 2017 bike design; Fan has fun with Team Sky headshots; Philippe Gilbert on 2017: A New Beginning; Course preview for U.S. cyclocross nationals; 2016 cycling highlights animated; BMX training in a Russian winter.
Mario Costa, older brother of 2013 world champion Rui Costa, announced his retirement from professional cycling.
Mario Da Costa pictured during Eneco Tour.
“I am privileged to have had the opportunity to be a professional cyclist for some years and two of them, the last ones, on the top step, WorldTour,” he said on Facebook.
Costa had ridden with his brother on the Lampre-Merida team for the past two years but was not retained as the team transitions into the UAE Abu Dhabi team. He said that he decided against racing down at a lower level.
“I could venture into and return to our country to continue on the bike, but after reflecting and putting ideas on the table, I realized that my other passion, osteopathy and acupuncture, call me. Even though I am a cyclist, while racing abroad I have never stopped treating people — I feel that this is my mission in this life, to help treat and heal those who seek me.
“It was a pleasure to be part of this great team and it was a pleasure to race alongside my brother. Thank you also to my friends and my followers for the support they have always been giving me in one way or another.”