How do you top becoming the first American to win the Tour de Bretagne in the prestigious race's 50-year history? How about a runner-up finish overall to go along with best young rider and king of the mountain honors at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah?
"It was definitely special in Utah," Costa said. "I think we finally earned the respect of the pro peloton. Cannondale was letting us ride the front, together as a team. It was pretty amazing to have all the guys around me that I could count on. It was the first big race I had done with the team and I realized how lucky I was to have a group of guys around me. It really opened my eyes to the team's potential."
The potential for more success for Costa in his second season with the team is not only likely, but also expected, given his early season media attention. His 12 top-three finishes – which led to a stagiaire gig with WorldTour team Etixx-Quick Step in August – were second only to teammate Neilson Powless.
"I learned a ton last year in the Under 23 ranks, not only regarding the length of the season and the amount of races you do but also how to manage the racing on and off the bike," he said. "I am looking forward to putting these lessons into action. I hope to have a nice, incredible season without too many lows."
|0th||G.P. Palio del Recioto|
|5th||Giro del Belvedere|
|15th||Liège - Bastogne - Liège U23|
|18th||Circuit des Ardennes International|
|90th||Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux|
|26th||Stage 3a (ITT)|
|27th||Stage 3a (ITT)|
|11th||Volta ao Alentejo|
|3rd||Tour de l'Avenir|
|1st||Stage 4 (ITT)|
|19th||GP Capodarco - Comunità di Capodarco|
|23rd||Gran Premio Sportivi di Poggiana- Trofeo Bonin Costruzioni- Gran Premio Pasta Zara|
|2nd||The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah|
|18th||Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc|
|1st||Stage 4 (ITT)|
|123rd||Course de la Paix U23 / Závod Míru U23 - Stage 1|
|3rd||Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour|
|1st||Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste trophée harmonie Mutuelle|
|7th||Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften|
|5th||Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux|
|4th||Stage 3a (ITT)|
Beginning Tuesday, four Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team riders will compete for USA Cycling at the Tour de Bretagne. But the defending champion of the French race, Adrien Costa, is not one of them, USA Cycling Under 23 Manager Nate Wilson said.
"It was a decision he and I made together,"...
The Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team completes its swing through Italy on Sunday before several American riders move on to compete for USA Cycling's Under 23 national team at the Tour de Bretagne.
Five riders - Eddie Dunbar, Chris Lawless, twin brothers Ivo and Rui Oliveira and Logan Owen -...
Villa di Villa, Italy – Adrien Costa posted a season-best, fifth-place result and Axeon Hagens Berman teammate Neilson Powless was sixth Monday at Giro del Belvedere.
Alexandr Riabushenko of Belarus (Team Palazzago Amaru) won the 166.6-kilometer Italian race in a three-man sprint after the...