Antonio Piedra

Antonio Piedra Pérez (born 10 October 1985) is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2007 and 2017 for the Fuerteventura–Canarias, Andalucía–Caja Granada, Caja Rural–Seguros RGA, Funvic Soul Cycles–Carrefour and Team Manzana Postobón squads.

Antonio Piedra
Antonio Piedra EB08.jpg
Piedra in 2008
Personal information
Full nameAntonio Piedra Pérez
Born (1985-10-10) 10 October 1985 (age 36)
Seville, Spain
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Amateur teams
2002Citroen Martos Tobalo (junior)
2003UCOP (junior)
2004Córdoba Patrimonio de la Humanidad
2005–2006Comunitat Valenciana
Professional teams
2007Fuerteventura–Canarias
2008–2011Andalucía–Cajasur
2012–2014Caja Rural[1]
2016Funvic Soul Cycles–Carrefour
2017Team Manzana Postobón[2]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2012)

One-day races and Classics

Rogaland GP (2012)

CareerEdit

Born in Seville, Piedra became a professional in 2007, competing for the Fuerteventura–Canarias team, before joining Andalucía–Cajasur in 2008. He spent four years with the team before joining the Caja Rural team for the 2012 season. Piedra took a prestigious victory by winning the Rogaland GP in May 2012, soloing away to win by 35 seconds over his nearest challenger.[3] He participated in that year's Vuelta a España, his team being invited as a 'wildcard', and had a major victory on stage 15, a high mountain affair finishing atop the Lakes of Covadonga climb. Piedra followed a move that formed on the first climb of the day, and dropped his breakaway companions on the final difficulty of the race, the first "Hors Category" climb of the Vuelta. He had 2 minutes and 2 seconds of an advantage over his nearest competitor, Euskaltel–Euskadi's Rubén Pérez.[4]

Major resultsEdit

2006
2nd Overall Vuelta a Segovia
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Vuelta a Palencia
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
2009
1st Stage 5 Volta a Portugal
2011
8th Overall Tour de San Luis
9th Gran Premio de Llodio
2012
1st Rogaland GP
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
2013
Combativity award Stage 5 Vuelta a España
2016
10th Overall Tour de Langkawi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Caja Rural (CJR) – ESP". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Manzana Postobon confirms 2018 squad". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2018. From the 2017 squad, Spainraid [sic] Antonio Piedra is the sole rider who won't continue with Manzana Postobon team management keen to ensure a sense of continuity within the squad and back its young developing riders.
  3. ^ "Piedra solos to victory in Norway". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  4. ^ Susan Westemeyer (2 September 2012). "Piedra wins Vuelta a Espana stage from day long breakaway". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2 September 2012.

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