Rui Costa out of Tour de France with pneumonia

World Champion Rui Costa forced to retire from 2014 Tour de France after X-rays confirm lung infection

Rui Costa celebrates winning the 2014 Tour de Suisse

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Road race world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of stage 16 after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

Costa had been suffering with bronchitis in the past week, and was already being treated with antibiotics. Despite his condition, Costa was 13th overall in the race.

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