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Rubén Fernández

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Place: Churra, Murcia
Birth: 01/03/1991
Country: ESP
Height: 177 Cm
Weight: 60 Kg
Pro debut: 2013
Years in team: 4
Career path:

2015-2018: Movistar Team
2013-2014: Caja Rural

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Rubén Fernández

AVENIR. In his first season as a pro with Caja Rural (2013), and at the age of 22, he became the eleventh Spanish rider -the twelfth, two years later, was his current team-mate Marc Soler- to win the Tour de l’Avenir, the biggest showdown for young competitors. At the French event, Rubén bested the likes of the Yates brothers, Davide Formolo and Julian Alaphilippe, and boosted his profile and expectations for the future.

IN RED AT THE VUELTA. After signing with the Movistar Team in 2015 –debuting in the Giro and shining at the Tour Down Under (5th, ahead of Dennis, Porte, Evans and Dumoulin), the Tour of Britain (6th) and Burgos / Algarve (9th at both)–, he confirmed his progression at the Vuelta a España in 2016, wearing the leader’s jersey and becoming one of Quintana’s key domestique en route to the Colombian’s overall victory.

BOUNCING BACK FROM INJURIES. The late part 2016 started a nightmare year for him. He broke his collarbone at Milano-Torino and later crashed again at his home region Murcia in late november, a gust of wind taking him out of his bike while on off-season training and breaking his jaw. A rough way to prepare for a 2017 season he’d rather forget. A mouth disease, with cavities that led to other physical troubles, forced him to abandon the Vuelta a España on week one. In 2018, a stress facture in his foot during the Tour Down Under, carried over from his pain in the Vuelta, forced him to rekindle goals towards the second half of the season, where he took 7th in the Spanish ITT Champs and a top-ten overall in Guangxi.

 His nickname in the peloton is ‘El Escayolas’ (‘Plasters’), due to his father’s job as a plasterer. Manuel López -director of the junior squad where his older brother was riding, and also a former coach of Alejandro Valverde before under-23– was the man who gave Rubén’s brother a nickname which the younger of the two inherited.

 In spite of being a strong climber, he’s also built a solid palmarès -one gold medal, two silver and a bronze at Madison and Individual Pursuit- in the Spanish track cycling championships, the banking playing a part in his cycling diet together with road races as an early under-23 competitor.

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Palmares

2 Victories as professional

1st Tour de l'Avenir 2013
1st (4th stage) Tour de l'Avenir 2013
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Results
2019

46 Days of Racing
6448.7 Km covered

5th (4th stage) Tour Down Under
13th (6th stage) Tour Down Under
14th Settimana Coppi e Bartali
16th Klasika Primavera
17th Clásica de Almería
20th (3rd stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
24th Vuelta a Murcia
27th (3rd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
28th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Murcia
29th (4th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
29th (4th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
29th (6th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
32th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
32th (3rd stage) UAE Tour
33th (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia
37th (1st stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
38th (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
39th Critérium du Dauphiné
40th Down Under Classic
40th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
42th (1st stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
42th (7th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
44th UAE Tour
44th (6th stage) UAE Tour
45th Vuelta a Castilla y León
46th (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
47th (2nd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
47th (1st stage) Itzulia Basque Country
49th Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
52th (2nd stage) Tour Down Under
55th (5th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
60th Tour Down Under
60th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
60th (1st stage) Tour Down Under
62th (2nd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
65th (5th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
67th (3rd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
67th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
70th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
72th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
73th (8th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
73th (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
76th (5th stage) Tour Down Under
78th (5th stage) UAE Tour
87th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
91th (5th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
92th (7th stage) UAE Tour
94th (3rd stage) Tour Down Under
111th (2nd stage) UAE Tour
124th (4th stage) UAE Tour
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