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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 – 16 years in the WorldTour, 15 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 18 Grand Tour apperances, with eight Tours de France, three Giros d’Italia and seven Vueltas.

From:
Cieza, Murcia
Birth:
08/06/1985
Country:
ESP
Height:
177 Cm
Weight:
70 Kg
Pro debut:
2004
Years in team:
15
Career path:

2007-21: Movistar Team
2006: Liberty / Würth

Palmares
1st
Spanish RR Championships 2016
1st
1ststage
Tour of Qatar 2015
1st
1ststage
Vuelta a Castilla y León 2014
1st
1ststage
Vuelta al País Vasco 2012
1st
Spanish RR Championships 2011
1st
6thstage
Volta a Catalunya 2011
1st
Trofeo Deià 2011
1st
2ndstage
Tour de l'Ain 2009
1st
Trofeo Pollença 2008
1st
1ststage
Vuelta a Murcia 2007
1st
Vuelta a Extremadura 2005
Results
11th
5thstage
Giro d'Italia
17th
6thstage
Giro d'Italia
19th
3rdstage
Vuelta a Asturias
21th
3rdstage
Giro d'Italia
26th
1ststage
O Gran Camiño
26th
8thstage
Giro d'Italia
27th
Vuelta a Asturias
32th
11thstage
Giro d'Italia
34th
2ndstage
Vuelta a Asturias
36th
1ststage
Vuelta a Asturias
41th
3rdstage
O Gran Camiño
44th
1ststage
Tour of the Alps
45th
2ndstage
Tour de la Provence
51th
O Gran Camiño
54th
4thstage
Tour de la Provence
56th
3rdstage
Tour of the Alps
56th
3rdstage
Tour de la Provence
56th
Tour de la Provence
56th
2ndstage
Tour of the Alps
58th
12thstage
Giro d'Italia
61th
10thstage
Giro d'Italia
63th
2ndstage
O Gran Camiño
67th
7thstage
Giro d'Italia
69th
2ndstage
Volta a Catalunya
72th
1ststage
Tour de la Provence
73th
4thstage
Tour of the Alps
73th
4thstage
O Gran Camiño
76th
9thstage
Giro d'Italia
78th
4thstage
Giro d'Italia
86th
1ststage
Giro d'Italia
94th
3rdstage
Volta a Catalunya
107th
1ststage
Volta a Catalunya
145th
2ndstage
Giro d'Italia