Promising American rider Adrien Costa decides to take 'leave of absence' from cycling

19-year-old Axeon Hagens Berman rider Adrien Costa will not race for remainder of 2017, saying he doesn't want to 'burn out before I'm ready'

Adrien Costa at the 2016 Tour of Utah

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Adrien Costa, one of the most promising riders in American cycling, will take the remainder of the 2017 season off racing, saying that he does not want to rush into his riding career.

The 19-year-old has been racing with the US-based Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team and achieved some notable results in 2016, including winning the Tour de Bretagne overall and placing second overall at the Tour of Utah. He spent the latter part of 2016 as a stagiaire for the Etixx-QuickStep team, and rode for them in the Tour of Britain.

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