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Rui Costa signs for Movistar

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Cycling News
Published:
April 07, 2011, 19:00 BST,
Updated:
April 07, 2011, 19:58 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, April 8, 2011
Final GC podium: Rui Costa (2nd, Caisse d'Epargne), Martin Elmiger (1st, Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Juan Joaquin Rojas (3rd, Caisse d'Epargne)

Final GC podium: Rui Costa (2nd, Caisse d'Epargne), Martin Elmiger (1st, Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Juan Joaquin Rojas (3rd, Caisse d'Epargne)

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Portuguese rider makes comeback with Unzue

The Spanish team Movistar announced today that it has signed Rui Costa, who will return to competition in the coming weeks. The news had been rumoured for some time.

The Portuguese rider returns from a shortened doping suspension after having tested positive for Methylhexanamine at the national championships last year, where he took the time trial title.

The positive test result was made public in October 2010, but Costa and his brother, who was also positive, were able to show that they ingested the banned substance through a contaminated food supplement.

Costa has already raced for Eusebio Unzue in the past, as he was a member of Caisse d'Epargne in 2009 and 2010. The 24-year-old won the eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse last year, and the 2009 Four Days of Dunkirk. Movistar has signed Costa on a three-years contract.

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