The 10 biggest cycling stories of 2013

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Dec. 31, 2013
Rui Costa shocked the Spanish when he outwitted two of them to win worlds from the final, four-rider selection. Photo: BrakeThrough Media |

7. Costa sinks Spanish armada

The Florence world championships delivered one of the most exciting finales in years. Spain had the numbers, Vincenzo Nibali had the home-road advantage, but Rui Costa had the legs. In the searing attacks of the closing laps, Costa had the head and legs to out-fox Nibali, outwit a hapless Alejandro Valverde, and then out-kick Joaquim Rodríguez in a stirring drag race to the line.

The 2013 world championships reminded everyone just how engaging a race for the rainbow jersey can be.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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