20 July 2017
Adrien Costa, a Favorite Takes a Break
It’s big news.
Considered a great hope for US cycling and revealed last year on French soil by a convincing win in the Tour de Bretagne, the Franco-American Adrien Costa had made the upcoming Tour de l’Avenir (August 18-27) the big goal of his season. But in a year marked by mononucleosis and fatigue, Adrien Costa will not be at the rendez-vous. The young American, only 20 years old in August, has decided to take a break in his so promising career.
“This was an incredibly tough decision for me to make, but for my personal development I think it’s the best option, he said. I want to take time to do other things that I’ve always been passionate about and finding a new balance between the sport I love and the rest of my life. (…) I dream of achieving so much in cycling, but at my age it’s important to remember that I have time on my side and that the worst thing I could do is rush myself and ultimately burn out before I’m ready.”
Adrien Costa, time trial winner and third place finisher overall of the Tour de l’Avenir 2016, is taking a leave of absence that he hopes will be beneficial for both his sporting future and his personal well-being. “I’ll take the rest of the season to study and travel in Europe, and give myself the time and the space that I need to prepare myself for the future,” said the member of the Axeon Hagens Berman team managed by Axel Merckx. There’s so much I want to achieve, not just in cycling but in life in general, and I want to make sure that I make the right calls at this stage of my career.”
This decision opens the door to the ambitions of the other favorites of the Tour de l’Avenir.