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Costa goes on the attack in Dubai

Stephen Farrand
February 7, 16:42,
February 7, 15:47
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, February 7, 2014
Dubai Tour
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Lampre - Merida)

Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Lampre - Merida)

  • Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Lampre - Merida)
  • Rui Costa (Lampre Merida) signs on at the start of stage 3 in Dubai

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World champion shows off rainbow jersey

Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) showed off his world champion's rainbow jersey during stage three of the Dubai Tour to Hatta, going on the attack in sight of the final kilometre in a brave attempt to win alone.

The Portuguese rider was openly enthusiastic about racing in the inaugural edition of the four-day race but had been unable to show his rainbow stripes in the opening time trial, where he raced in his Portuguese national champion's jersey, and in the hectic sprint finish on stage two.

The rolling hills in the finale of stage three suited Costa's aggressive racing style much better. He made and joined several attacks on the climbs. And when they failed to get away, he had another go, attacking alone.

He got a gap but the persistent chasing of Steve Cummings (BMC) for teammate and race leader Taylor Phinney brought him to heel and ended his hopes of success.

"I wanted to show off the rainbow jersey a little bit," Costa told Cyclingnews immediately after finishing the stage in 34th place, near the back of he front group that formed during the aggressive finale.

"I think it's important to do that in Dubai. It's good to be up there and I was looking to win. I thought I had a chance for a while and felt good but they pulled me back."

Costa's career and his life has changed massively since he won the world title in Florence in September. Before that day in the rain he had won the Tour de Suisse and two stages at the Tour de France with displays of class. However his superb performance to outwit Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali and then Joaquim Rodriguez elevated him to the status of one of the stars of the peloton.

He's keen to prove that he deserves to wear the rainbow bands. Despite a multitude of obligations that often weaken the legs of many a world champion, Costa clearly has been training consistently during the winter. He is confident his form will get even better as the season progresses.

"I'm happy with how I'm feeling," he said.

"I've been working hard during the winter despite being busy and I think my form is coming well. Being able to make an attack like this a good sign. This is a good first moment in the racing spotlight for me and the rainbow jersey. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them."

Costa is expected to ride the Challenge Mallorca races and then the Volta ao Algarve before targeting Paris-Nice and the Ardennes. He also hopes to land a top-ten finish in the Tour de France in July before defending his world title in Ponferrada, Spain.

Tonton 6 months ago
Hard work and panache. We can expect a great 2014 vintage for Rui Costa.
Dan Vella 6 months ago
it would be great if he snags a classic in the spring, that way he'll be able to ride far less conservatively at the tour.
WildspokeJoe 6 months ago
I want him to be up with the leaders at the Tour De France. It's been ages since someone who has had the rainbow stripes has been a GC player in the tour. Evans was the last legit guy but he only managed 25th.
Anonymous 6 months ago
He is targeting top10 and i believe he can do it. He is very hard working, has good attitude and he is intelligent. Honestly i think he has all it takes, just needs time to mature a bit more phisically.
Dan Vella 6 months ago
To be fair, Evans was flying then he got injured.
Alan D 6 months ago
Very good observation Dan... Evans was a podium until calamity. I know a lot of people will dissagree, but his ability to out-endure his rivals in the 3rd week of the Tour would have put him there. He's tough as boots.
Greg Khan 6 months ago
Who ever says that Rui Costa doesn't deserve to wear the rainbow stripes has not one iota of a cycling clue... Dude earned that jersey proper, with his legs and his smarts.
BarkingOwl 6 months ago
Nobody has said that!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Actually if you read around this site lots of people have said that. Including the windbag below this comment.
HeadPack 6 months ago
Totally. And top-10 at the Tour is a bit of an understatement. He is clearly capable of a podium spot.
PCM Geek 6 months ago
This was a decent article. Other than the 3 or 4 minor errors like the ever constant forgotten letter (Ie: he instead of the) and the seemingly CN required long one sentence paragraph. This was an ok read. If CN would hire an editor to check for spelling, sentence structure and overall readability then they could elevate the site and give it a better reputation as far as quality goes. Right now CN seems (to me at least) to be a site that gathers articles and information from sources not their own. Some of this material really seems like it comes from non english language sites and CN runs it through a translator. It then appears like they post it straight from the translator or with minimal editing and the quality comes out poor. I guess if you want to do this then fine, but unfortunately the site over time will acquire the reputation of not caring about quality and readability of the material they post. If a site is going to copy and paste stuff from other sites they first need to edit the article and make sure everything is presentable, (this is necessary if the copy comes from a foreign language site.) Then they need to give credit to the source or probably get permission before its posted.. If they are going to write their own material, which CN apparently seems to do on occasion then it is essential to have an editor that knows what (s)he is doing and proofread everything before it goes up on the site. Of course every single error can't always be caught but the obvious ones should be weeded out before the article is published. CN seems to make changes on some of the errors if they are pointed out but they simply don't do it often enough. I really like CN because they provide timely race reports and articles about a subject that I am very passionate about. Seeing some of the obvious errors that get posted makes me cringe and I wish I could help CN improve their quality. I also go to sites like Bike Radar, Pez, Velo News and Velo Nation and their quality is always impeccable. CN needs to elevate their quality to a level such as their competitors have. My opinion of CN is that it looks like its run by a few people doing this as an after thought or as a hobby or like its a part time gig. A few years back I worked for a web site that reviewed computer games and tech subjects. Some of the people were volunteers but the sites main goal was always quality over quantity. After the site was in the public eye for a number of years it started fielding requests from some major players in the industry that wanted their game or product reviewed and the site blossomed from there. Eventually interest died down, mainly from people writing the reviews (like myself) and the site was put in cruise control. However the reduced output still retained an article quality unmatched by even the big professional sites. This is getting long but I wanted to write sort of a review of one of the better articles that CN has published because I really like CN a lot and I believe that they could elevate their game if they wanted to. Overall this is one the better efforts by CN. Unfortunately CN seems to publish more poor quality articles with many errors then they do good quality stuff. For that reason I'll give CN a grade of 2.5 stars out of 5 which would translate in to a C or average rating. Sites like Bike Radar constantly produce 4.5 out of 5 star material and that could be a goal for CN to shoot for. I wish they would. Good day...
Anonymous 6 months ago
You are looking for a job, retired, have too much time on your hands, spend a lot of time on the can or are just a pain. Lighten up already. I prefer people who like bike racing to people who are perfect spellers. i am sure they are out there but I do not like you obsess about it.
PCM Geek 6 months ago
None of the above actually. Just a concerned reader that cares about something enough to want to share their opinion with the hopes that it will be improved upon. Thats why I wrote that. I'm wondering why you seem to take things so personally? This wasn't aimed at you yet you appear to take it like an insult to you personally. You then come off like you want to pick a fight and then you degrade to the point of being rather insulting. I didn't insult you did I? I didn't insult anything. So why do you feel the need to insult me? You don't even know me. You obviously don't like me and my opinions which you said above and thats fine. This is an open forum and people can and do write what ever it is they want to write. It is very unbecoming when an angry guy like you comes along with the intention of starting an argument when in reality they (or more specifically you) should just ignore things that have nothing to do with you. Everybody has the right to voice their opinion. However being combative, insulting and downright nasty like you are is impolite and its poor behavior and I have noticed this about you with stuff written by most other people other than just the stuff I write. If you don't agree with something then say so, but please refrain from being insulting and nasty. Oh... and if you intend to write on public forums such as this, I would highly suggest that you brush up on your use of the english language because you don't seem to be very good with the written word. (Btw... Thats just an observation, not an insult so don't take it as a personal attack on you.) Have a nice day and chill because everything isn't an attack on you or what you may or may not believe in... (Now let's see what your comeback will be. I say you will come back with more insults while attempting to incite an argument or outburst from me. Well you won't get it.) Cheers...
Alan D 6 months ago
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PCM Geek 6 months ago
Thank you. :-)
djoe48 6 months ago
Here is some advice from Mark Twain that you can clearly use. ..."use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable"... This is how you should write. Not your current way, which is long winded and boring-but I suspect you already know that. cheers
azureskies 6 months ago
Thank you djoe. Passion is what it is about in cycling. Mark Twain expressed himself, and the moment. I expect the same from sports journalists.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I forget that you are the only person here allowed to have an opinion. Very nice the way you insult me and then tell me you are not insulting me. Being combative and insulting is what makes me a good bicycle racer something you don't seem to know much about. And inciting you barely takes any attempt at all it is way to easy.
kevinzamora 6 months ago
Mate... Ain't nobody got time for that!
João Sá 6 months ago
amazing and humble guy. good example of a professional
Anonymous 6 months ago
I believe that cyclingnews is pretty much the number 1 website for bicycle racing in the world today. And the reason it is is because of the fact that they are much more excited about their bike racing then their absolute perfect spelling and punctuation. That is why I come here and have stopped going to and have stopped buying velo. Too shiny and sparkly and I don't want anything to do with it. It's a sport where you get dirty and crash and that's the way I want to see it.