Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 22, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jules wins Tour de la Provence opener; Cycling Australia appoints former Victorian premier Steve Bracks to head board; One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season; Stig Broeckx continuing to make progress in recovery; Hearing delayed for doctor at centre of UK Anti-Doping investigation; Boardman: Froome is a statesman of the sport; Liège-Bastogne-Liège announces wildcard teams, route changes; First year team Aqua Blue Sport racking up wildcard invites; Pay to watch cycling from the roadside?; Emirates joins as sponsor of Team UAE Abu Dhabi; NASCAR champions ride for cyclist safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Marianne Vos; Space Horse Disc – Loaded Touring.

One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season

by James Raia

After his impressive debut season last year with Axeon Hagens Berman, Adrien Costa returned to his family’s home in Oregon and did what any cyclist with the energy and enthusiasm of youth would do. He went for mountain-bike rides and ate home cooked meals. Costa, 19, also continued his business studies at Oregon State University four days a week. He pondered his second season with Axeon Hagens Berman, and his move back to Europe. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

In 2016, teammate Will Barta was his roommate. This year, Costa departed for France where he bunkered down for training and a European-based early season itinerary from his own apartment in Nice. Fluent in the language (his parents are French), Costa was eager for the move.

“I’m trying to settle down this year; I’m trying to sort of make it a home for the long term,” he recalled during a recent interview at his team’s training camp in Calabasas, California. “I was lucky to spend lots of time there when I was younger. For me, it’s second nature to live there. I really enjoy it. I love the people. I love the culture and everything that comes along with it. I’m pretty lucky.”

Costa has raced since his pre-teen youth. Junior national titles, as well as regional wins, attracted plenty of attention. But last season he was thrust directly into the spotlight. He became the first American to win the Tour of Bretagne, after a Stage 4 solo breakaway win. Three months after recovering from illness, he finished second overall to Lachlan Morton at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in early August. While anticipating a support role for a teammate, Costa emerged in the break on Stage 1 and moved into second with a runner-up finish on Stage 3.

Costa showcased his climbing strength against Grand Tour veteran Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac), who finished third overall. He also rode away from Giro d’Italia and Tour de Suisse stage winner Darwin Atapuma on the descent to the finish in Park City. Embraced by family, a photographer’s image showed Costa’s face freeze-framed in excitement and surprise.

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