American cycling star Costa’s leg amputated after accident

Posted on: August 8th, 2018

Cyclist Adrien Costa rode with QuickStep as a stagiaire in 2016 but had stepped away from cycling for the past year. He has now had his leg amputated. Above, on his way to winning the TT stage of Tour de l’Avenir in 2016.


US cyclist Adrien Costa leg amputated after climbing accident


US cyclist Adrien Costa has had a leg amputated after a climbing accident. He was one of the most exciting young prospects to come out of the United States in recent years.

Costa, who won medals twice in the junior World Road Championships, was taking time away from cycling.

He rode with Hagens Berman Axeon alongside Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar in 2017 and 2016.

However, he decided last summer he wanted time away from the sport. And he had not come back to it this year.

It was while on a climbing trip in Mono County, California, that he suffered the accident which has resulted in his leg being amputated.

His former team has now begun a funding campaign to help the 20-year-old who rode as a stagiaire with QuickStep in 2016.


US cyclist Adrien Costa leg amputated

Adrien Costa in his hospital bed and being visited by his old manager Axel Merckx in a photo supplied by the team.


Costa was 3rd overall in the Tour de l’Avenir two years ago and won the TT. He was also runner-up in the Tour of Utah.

In 2016 Costa also won Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste (2.2) and the mountains classification at Rhône-Alpes Isère. He also won the TT at Tour de Savoie Mont.

He said at the start of this year he was not ready to come back to cycling yet. Whether he would return was left open.

In a statement his former team said that on July 29th Costa was climbing at the north ridge of Mount Conness when the accident happened.

He was making his way up a talus field to the base of the climb when a large rock gave way and pinned his leg.

Adrien Costa was evacuated from the area by helicopter for emergency medical treatment. And it was during treatment that staff broke the news he must have his leg amputated.

“When Adrien arrived at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, he was in critical condition,” the team statement said.

“But thanks to the hospital’s medical staff, and the quick thinking of the hikers who first reported his location, his life was saved.

“Tragically, they had no choice but to amputate his right leg above the knee. Everyone at the team is deeply saddened by the news.

“And our thoughts and prayers are with Adrien’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“We have set up a GoFundMe Page to help with medical expenses and are asking the cycling community to join our efforts.”

The fund had already raised $14,000 of a target $100,000 in its first hours.