The former 2013 World Champion, now 37, rode his last race for Intermarché - Circus - Wanty in Il Lombardia a few days ago and afterwards his manager, João Correia, made it clear that it would not be possible for him to remain in the Belgian project because of financial problems that meant there was no good understanding, even though there was publicly declared mutual love between the parties.
João Correia let it be known that Rui Costa would continue to race at the highest level, saying that Rui already had a contract signed for next year and that it would only be a matter of time (a week) before it was officially announced which team he would be racing for in 2024.
Rui Costa to leave Intermarché-Circus-Wanty - "Age is now a problem to negotiate in the World Tour"
With a transfer market as hectic and crazy as we've seen in years, it was with anticipation that an answer was awaited and possible rumors were raised, with two teams leading the way, Astana Qazaqstan and Movistar, and just as many on the lookout for a good deal, AG2R Citroen and Cofidis.
However, none of the rumours were confirmed and it is now certain that Rui Costa will have as teammates the Danes Michael Valgren and Mikkel Honore, in the North American EF Education EasyPost.
The length of the contract has not yet been revealed, but it's safe to say that it will be for one season, the 15th of his World Tour career.
*Written by Carlos Silva