After a very successful season, with victories in the World Road Race Championships, the Tour of Switzerland and two stages in this year’s Tour de France, Rui Costa was voted Portugal’s Athlete of the Year – for the second year in a row.
In addition, Costa has also been awarded the Sócio de Mérito – a prestigious form of membership, by the Portuguese Cycling Federation.
"This is easier to win than climbing the Alps! I have to thank everyone who voted for me. I’m happy to be the winner,” Costa told desporto.pt.
“Any of the nominees could have won because we all competed well and fought hard throughout the season, but I was lucky and I’m happy. Every athlete does a lot for Portugal and I’m sure we’ll continue to give our best for our country next year.”
"After the year I’ve had, it’s great being honoured where I learned how to race and grew up. I’m very happy to be honour by the Portuguese Cycling Federation. The federation has always helped me and I am grateful to them for everything they have done throughout my career.”
The Portuguese rider will be trading his blue Movistar kit for the colors of Lampre-Merida next season.
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