Rui Costa told that he would be reverting to his earlier aim of prioritizing stage victories in Tour de France instead of making it overall his top target – as has been the event for the past 2 summers.
The most successful Tour de France of Rui was in the year 2013, when he got 2 big Alpine stage victories. But in the year 2014, when the then world champ started to aim the overall assortment, he had to quit as of pneumonia and after in the year 2015, he deserted after a crash in which he hurt his leg and back.
At this point of time, even though the GC is not wholly been forgotten, Rui is switching towards an alternate strategy for July. He told that he would alter his plans there, and attempt to go for a stage victory.
As of now, this season, Costa has been in the line for a victory, with 5th at Oman, tenth at the Paris-Nice where he was 7th in the toughest 2 mountain stages, and eleventh on the first stage of Vuelta al País Vasco. At this point of time though, he stays on the hunt for his 1st victory since winning that Portuguese road-race award back in the middle of 2015.
Costa said that his condition is better than he expected, to judge by yesterday. The 1st stage is always a fast, very complicated one and it was good.