Rui Costa going for Tour de France podium spot

Triple Tour de Suisse winner and World champion Rui Costa will be Lampre-Merida's overall contender

Rui Costa celebrates winning the 2014 Tour de Suisse

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

World Champion Rui Costa won his third straight Tour de Suisse on Sunday and reminded everyone of team Lampre-Merida's goal to place a rider on the podium at the Tour de France.

"We can do it," team manager, Brent Copeland told Cycling Weekly earlier this year. "Given the Tour de France's course this year and his history in the race and in Suisse, it's possible. We just need to give him the support he deserves."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.