American Adrien Costa is getting an opportunity to prove himself with a WorldTour team after three years of brilliant results in the junior ranks. The 18-year-old Californian will race as a stagiaire on the Etixx – Quick-Step team for the remainder of 2016.
This season, one of Costa’s biggest achievements was winning the overall at Tour de Bretagne — a first for any American. But the rider, who has raced with Axeon Hagens Berman up to this point in 2016, was proving himself on the international stage as early as 2014, when he was merely 16 years old. That season, He won the overall at the Swiss Tour du Pays de Vaud, winning stages 2 and 3.
Costa is a particularly capable time trial rider, having finished second twice in the world junior time trial championships, in 2014 in Ponferrada, Spain, and the following year in Richmond, Virginia. Along the way, he won the prestigious junior stage race, Tour de l’Abitibi, in Canada, and successfully defended his title at Pays de Vaud.
Riding as a stagiaire, or a trainee, is a way for a young rider to try out for a pro team, which could potentially lead to a full contract if all goes well. Etixx said that Costa would debut for the Belgian team sometime in September.