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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
2nd
4thstage
Tour de Wallonie
11th
5thstage
Giro d'Italia
14th
7thstage
La Vuelta
15th
21thstage
La Vuelta
16th
Spanish RR Championships
16th
Coppa Agostoni
17th
6thstage
Giro d'Italia
18th
Coppa Bernocchi
19th
3rdstage
Vuelta a Asturias
21th
3rdstage
Giro d'Italia
22th
2ndstage
La Vuelta
24th
3rdstage
La Vuelta
25th
18thstage
Giro d'Italia
26th
1ststage
O Gran Camiño
26th
8thstage
Giro d'Italia
27th
Vuelta a Asturias
31th
2ndstage
Tour de Wallonie
31th
11thstage
La Vuelta
32th
11thstage
Giro d'Italia
34th
2ndstage
Vuelta a Asturias
36th
1ststage
Vuelta a Asturias
37th
19thstage
La Vuelta
41th
3rdstage
O Gran Camiño
42th
12thstage
La Vuelta
42th
3rdstage
Tour de Wallonie
43th
1ststage
Tour de Wallonie
44th
1ststage
Tour of the Alps
45th
16thstage
La Vuelta
45th
2ndstage
Tour de la Provence
48th
La Vuelta
48th
16thstage
Giro d'Italia
49th
9thstage
La Vuelta
51th
O Gran Camiño
54th
4thstage
Tour de la Provence
55th
20thstage
La Vuelta
55th
15thstage
Giro d'Italia
56th
2ndstage
Tour of the Alps
56th
3rdstage
Tour of the Alps
56th
3rdstage
Tour de la Provence
56th
Tour de la Provence
56th
14thstage
La Vuelta
58th
12thstage
Giro d'Italia
61th
17thstage
La Vuelta
61th
10thstage
Giro d'Italia
63th
2ndstage
O Gran Camiño
66th
4thstage
La Vuelta
67th
7thstage
Giro d'Italia
68th
Tour de Wallonie
68th
19thstage
Giro d'Italia
68th
6thstage
La Vuelta
69th
Giro d'Italia
69th
13thstage
Giro d'Italia
69th
2ndstage
Volta a Catalunya
70th
18thstage
La Vuelta
72th
1ststage
Tour de la Provence
73th
4thstage
Tour of the Alps
73th
4thstage
O Gran Camiño
76th
8thstage
La Vuelta
76th
9thstage
Giro d'Italia
77th
13thstage
La Vuelta
77th
15thstage
La Vuelta
77th
17thstage
Giro d'Italia
78th
4thstage
Giro d'Italia
78th
14thstage
Giro d'Italia
79th
20thstage
Giro d'Italia
84th
5thstage
La Vuelta
86th
1ststage
Giro d'Italia
94th
3rdstage
Volta a Catalunya
95th
5thstage
Tour de Wallonie
107th
1ststage
Volta a Catalunya
122th
10thstage
La Vuelta
134th
21thstage
Giro d'Italia
145th
2ndstage
Giro d'Italia