Rui Costa still aiming to defend World Championship title despite pneumonia

World Champion Rui Costa was forced to abandon the Tour de France with pneumonia, but hopes to recover in time for world title defence

Rui Costa celebrates winning the 2014 Tour de Suisse

(Image credit: Watson)

Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) is planning his title defence at the World Championship road race after the onset of pneumonia forced him out of the Tour de France on Monday.

"We wanted to pull him out, let him recover and have him do the races up to the world championships," Lampre team manager, Brent Copeland told Cycling Weekly.

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