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Rui Costa signs contract extension Lampre Merida

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World Champion Rui Costa on stage

World Champion Rui Costa on stage
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Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) on the final podium

Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) on the final podium
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Portugal's time trial champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)

Portugal's time trial champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)
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World champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) did not mix it up in the sprint

World champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) did not mix it up in the sprint
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World UCI road champion Rui Costa has signed a contract extension with Lampre Merida, tying himself to the team until the end of 2016.

In a press release issued Friday morning the team stated that, “the sponsors have pleasure in announcing that the relationship with the world champion Rui Costa will continue for the next two seasons.”

“The two parties have come to an agreement to renew the contract for another two seasons: this is an important step forward for the future of the team.”

Rui Costa is targeting the overall in this year’s Tour de France having won two stages in last year’s race. The world champion comes into the Tour in fine form having sealed his second straight win in the Tour de Suisse last month.