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José Joaquín Rojas

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Place: Cieza, Murcia
Birth: 08/06/1985
Country: ESP
Height: 177 Cm
Weight: 70 Kg
Pro debut: 2004
Years in team: 13
Career path:

2007-2019: Movistar Team
2006: Würth

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José Joaquín Rojas

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. In 2019, he also came close to victory many times, with a 3rd place in a stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 4th in the Vuelta and a 5th in the Circuito de Getxo.

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 – 14 years in the WorldTour, 13 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 15 Grand Tour apperances, with seven consecutive Tours de France, three Giros d’Italia and four Vueltas – the latter of which he was called up for just two days before the start, still faring really well.

 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
2020

59 Days of Racing
9709.3 Km covered

9th (1st stage) UAE Tour
11th (15th stage) La Vuelta
13th Circuito de Getxo
14th (4th stage) UAE Tour
15th (18th stage) La Vuelta
16th (4th stage) Challenge Mallorca
16th (10th stage) Tour de France
18th (19th stage) Tour de France
21th (3rd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
22th (7th stage) La Vuelta
26th (5th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
32th (21th stage) Tour de France
32th La Vuelta
33th (1st stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
36th (2nd stage) UAE Tour
36th (2nd stage) La Vuelta
38th (1st stage) La Vuelta
40th (16th stage) La Vuelta
40th (9th stage) Tour de France
42th (11th stage) La Vuelta
46th (8th stage) La Vuelta
46th (12th stage) La Vuelta
47th UAE Tour
47th (7th stage) Tour de France
47th (9th stage) La Vuelta
47th Flèche Wallonne
48th (17th stage) La Vuelta
49th (4th stage) La Vuelta
49th (6th stage) La Vuelta
53th (3rd stage) UAE Tour
54th (5th stage) UAE Tour
56th (13th stage) La Vuelta
57th Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
57th (10th stage) La Vuelta
58th (14th stage) La Vuelta
58th (3rd stage) La Vuelta
60th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
60th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
63th (14th stage) Tour de France
63th (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
65th (15th stage) Tour de France
67th (3rd stage) Challenge Mallorca
69th (8th stage) Tour de France
70th (2nd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
70th Tour de France
72th (5th stage) La Vuelta
73th (3rd stage) Tour de France
75th (18th stage) Tour de France
76th (17th stage) Tour de France
81th (5th stage) Tour de France
83th Critérium du Dauphiné
83th (6th stage) Tour de France
88th (4th stage) Tour de France
89th (13th stage) Tour de France
89th (2nd stage) Tour de France
95th (16th stage) Tour de France
97th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
101th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
102th (12th stage) Tour de France
102th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
125th (2nd stage) Challenge Mallorca
141th (20th stage) Tour de France
145th (11th stage) Tour de France
155th (1st stage) Tour de France