Portrait ofJosé Joaquín Rojas
Place: Cieza, Murcia
Birth: 08/06/1985
Country: ESP
Height: 177 Cm
Weight: 70 Kg
Pro debut: 2004
Years in team: 14
Career path:

2007-2020: Movistar Team
2006: Würth

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José Joaquín Rojas

Pure team spirit

ONE OF THE BEST ‘COÉQUIPIERS’ IN THE WORLD. Character and sacrifice spirit are the best sporting values of this Spaniard born in Cieza, Murcia, always present at the best stageraces of the season and a crucial added value in every lineup. Neither a frightening crash on stage 20 of the 2016 Vuelta a España, which caused him an open tibia and fibula fracture in his left leg, kept him from getting back on his bike barely two months after and again becoming a huge asset to the team goals.

DOUBLE NATIONAL CHAMPION. His winning palmarès – quite shorter that he deserves considering the long list of good finishes without a victory he holds as a pro – sees two lines shining more brightly than the rest: his victories in the Spanish road race championships, both on Valencian soil. The first one came in Castellón de la Plana in 2011, with an unforgettable performance over the Alto del Desierto de las Palmas, where José Joaquín was the only one able to stick to Alberto Contador’s wheel, whom he later bested into a two-up sprint. The second title arrived in Cocentaina in 2016, which a solo attack into the final lap after making it into the right break. Rojas has also ridden the World Championships of Copenhague, Bergen and Yorkshire with the Spanish national team, as well as the London Olympics.

WINNER TURNED DOMESTIQUE. Rojas’s metamorphosis over his long professional career – 15 years in the WorldTour, 14 within Unzué’s ranks – has been remarkable. He was one with the power to win – he’s got stages in the Volta a Catalunya, the Tour of Qatar, the Vuelta al País Vasco – and contested the sprints of the Grand Tours, as proven by his second-place finish in the Points classification of the 2011 Tour de France, wearing the green jersey for four days. Yet, he chose to be a luxury domestique for Quintana and Valverde into three-week events, and fulfilled that task brilliantly. He has 17 Grand Tour apperances, with eight consecutive Tours de France, three Giros d’Italia and five Vueltas.

 His older brother Mariano was considered by many to be the biggest prospect of Spanish cycling in the 1990s. A traffic accident while heading for the Spanish national championship in Sabiñánigo, in June 1996, ended his life at just 23 years old. José Joaquín took his relay and he remembers Mariano in every victory he gets, pointing his arm to heaven.

 In late 2017, and once the season following his brutal 2016 injury was over, ‘Rojillas’ -his nickname inside the team and his Twitter handle- went again to the operating room. He had an intramedullary rod removed from his leg, which was fixing his tibia after the Vuelta crash and caused him lots of pain during the whole season. The length of the rod was nothing less than spectacular: more than 40 centimeters!

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Palmares

11 Victories as professional

1st Spanish RR Championships 2016
1st (1st stage) Tour of Qatar 2015
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2014
1st (1st stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2012
1st Spanish RR Championships 2011
1st (6th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2011
1st Trofeo Deià 2011
1st (2nd stage) Tour de l'Ain 2009
1st Trofeo Pollença 2008
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia 2007
1st Vuelta a Extremadura 2005

Other results

2nd (10th stage) VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2017
3rd (3rd stage) TOUR DE FRANCE 2013
3rd TOUR DOWN UNDER 2008
3rd TOUR DOWN UNDER 2009
3rd 4 JOURS DE DUNKERQUE 2010
4th PARIS-NICE 2014
4th VATTENFALL CYCLASSICS 2013
5th AMSTEL GOLD RACE 2017
5th GIRO DEL PIEMONTE 2015
5th GP PLOUAY 2010
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Results
2021

36 Days of Racing
5546.3 Km covered

4th Vuelta a Murcia
11th (2nd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
13th Prueba Villafranca - Ordiziako Klasika
15th (5th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
18th (5th stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
18th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
20th Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
21th Vuelta a Castilla y León
21th (5th stage) Paris-Nice
24th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
25th (4th stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
31th Vuelta a Asturias
31th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
31th Paris-Nice
33th (1st stage) Vuelta a Asturias
34th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
36th (8th stage) Paris-Nice
36th (7th stage) Paris-Nice
37th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Asturias
40th (2nd stage) Paris-Nice
43th (1st stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
43th (3rd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
43th (1st stage) Vuelta a Burgos
43th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Asturias
44th Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
46th (4th stage) Paris-Nice
49th (6th stage) Paris-Nice
50th (1st stage) Paris-Nice
53th (1st stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
61th Clásica San Sebastián
63th (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
63th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
64th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
66th (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
67th Critérium du Dauphiné
68th (7th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
70th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
72th (8th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
77th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
119th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
139th (3rd stage) Paris-Nice