American Costa moves into third at Tour de l’Avenir

American Adrien Costa, 19, has ridden himself onto the podium at Tour de l'Avenir with one stage remaining.

American Adrien Costa has ridden himself onto the podium at Tour de l’Avenir with one stage remaining. The 19-year-old winner of stage 4 finished sixth in Friday’s stage 7, 1:40 behind the day’s winner, Nick Schultz of Australia. Costa is now third overall, 1:20 behind Frenchman David Gaudu, overall leader.

“I think Adrien, all the guys really, rode with a ton of heart, courage and strength,” said the U.S. team’s coach, Mike Sayers. “We had a team plan, and the guys all contributed to making it work almost flawlessly. Adrian has been a great leader here, and all the guys are working hard to ensure his success.”

Saturday’s final stage is short at 72km, but it includes a category 1 climb of La Toussuire and an hors categorie summit finish on the Col de la Croix-de-Fer. Gaudu won Thursday’s queen stage and is 21 seconds ahead of second place Edward Ravasi of Italy.

The French race is contested by under-23 national team squads, and is considered the most important stage race of the season for young riders.

Stage 7, top 10

1. Nichols Schultz (Aus), 121.1km in 3:33:58
2. David Gaudu (F) at 1:24.
3. Jai Hindley (Aus) at 1:26.
4. Edward Ravasi (I) s.t.
5. Egan Bernal (Col) at 1:30.
6. Adrien Costa (USA) at 1:40.
7. Matteo Fabbro (I) s.t.
8. Lennard Kämna (G) at 2:36.
9. Harm vanhoucke (B) at 2:39.
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) at 2:45.

Top-10 overall

1. David Gaudu (F) in 21:06:35
2. Edward Ravasi (I) at 0:21.
3. Adrien Costa (USA) at 1:20.
4. Harm Vanhoucke (B) at 1:35.
5. Michal Schegel (Cz) at 1:57.
6. Hai Hindley (Aus) at 2:00.
7. Egan Bernal (Col) at 2:14.
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) at 3:10.
9. Matteo Fabbro (I) at 4:03.
10. Michael Storer (Aus) at 4:42.