Lance Armstrong makes big donation to Costa after leg amputation

Posted on: August 10th, 2018

Lance Armstrong donation Adrien Costa

Lance Armstrong has suffered an accident himself this week, above, but news of Adrien Costa losing his leg was on another level. And it seems to have moved a lot of people in cycling. Homepage photo; winning the Worlds in Oslo in 1993.


Lance Armstrong big donation to Adrien Costa fund


Having taken a fall himself in recent days Lance Armstrong has made a big donation to the Adrien Costa fund.

Armstrong, stripped of seven Tour de France wins for doping and banned from cycling, has donated $10,000.

That has helped the fund exceed the target of $100,000. At the time of writing there was $100,515 raised from 833 people.

Lance Armstrong made the donation under his own name. And he took to Instagram, below, to discuss it and Costa.

“This is Adrien Costa. He was a ‘next level’ cyclist that was feeling the pressures of the sport and was taking a break,” Armstrong writes.

“Sadly, he was recently in a climbing accident that led to a leg amputation. There is a GoFundMe page setup for medical costs.

“The Armstrong family is in for 10K. If you can spare anything please click the link in my bio. All our best Adrien. You got this.”

Armstrong himself crashed off his bike yesterday. He was left with a bloody face. He also shared that on Instagram. Though he hit his face and head he escape serious injury.


Climbing accident

Unfortunately Costa (20) was not so fortunate. He was climbing in California and making his way to the base of a climb when a huge rock shifted and pinned his leg to the ground.

He was evacuated by helicopter and while medics saved his life his leg had to be amputated. The fund Lance Armstrong donated to has been established to help with medical expenses.

Adrien Costa rode with Hagens Berman Axeon in 2017 and 2016. Last year he decided to take time away from the sport.

He placed 3rd overall in the 2016 Tour de l’Avenir and was 2nd in Tour of Utah. Costa had also won Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste (2.2).

He claimed the mountains classification at Rhône-Alpes Isère and TT at Tour de Savoie Mont.