Rui Costa Awarded Portuguese Grant for 2012 Olympics
The Portuguese government has announced the names of 82 men and women out of 16 sports who will receive grants for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Of those recipients is 23-year-old Rui Costa, who rides for Spain’s Caisse d’Espargne. Costa is the only cyclist who has been selected to receive a grant for the games. Riding for Portugal’s Benfica team, Costa turned pro back in 2007 and remained with the team throughout 2008. He made his ProTour debut with Caisse d’Espargne in 2009, winning the four Jours de Dunkerque, the GP Credito Agricola, a stage at the Vuelta a Chihuahua, and the Vuelta a Chihuahua’s mountain classification.