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Benjamín Noval González (born 23 January 1979) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 2001 and 2013.[2]

Benjamín Noval
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Noval at the 2007 Tour de Romandie.
Personal information
Full nameBenjamín Noval González
NicknameEl Toro
Born (1979-01-23) 23 January 1979 (age 40)
Mieres, Spain
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team(s)
2000Tegui-Galibier
Professional team(s)
2001–2003Relax-Gam
2004–2007U.S. Postal Service
2008–2010Astana
2011–2013Saxo Bank–SunGard[1]

Born in Mieres, Asturias, Noval turned professional in 2001, riding for Relax-Gam for three years before switching to U.S. Postal Service (later Discovery Channel), where he stayed for four years. Noval switched to Astana for 2008, and for the 2011 season joined compatriots and team-mates Alberto Contador, Jesús Hernández and Daniel Navarro in signing for Saxo Bank–SunGard.[3] At the end of the 2013 racing season Noval announced his retirement from professional road racing, despite being offered a contract by Tinkoff–Saxo for the following season.[2]

Major resultsEdit

2000
9th Overall Vuelta a Navarra
2002
6th Overall Vuelta a La Rioja
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Points classification
2003
3rd National Road Race Championships
6th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2004
1st Stage 4Tour de France
3rd Clasica de Almeria
2005
1st Stage 4 Tour de France

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Saxo-Tinkoff (TST) – DEN". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hood, Andrew (15 October 2013). "Benjamin Noval, Contador's longtime lieutenant, retires from the peloton". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/saxo-bank-sungard-signs-contadors-top-spaniards

External linksEdit

  Media related to Benjamín Noval at Wikimedia Commons