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Daniel Moreno Fernández (born 5 September 1981) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist who rides for Movistar. He specializes in mountain and high-mountain races along with Grand Tours like the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, winning three stages of the latter in 2011 and 2013.

Daniel Moreno
Daniel Moreno 4JDD 2009 1.jpg
Moreno in 2009
Personal information
Full name Daniel Moreno Fernández
Nickname Muñeco
Born (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 (age 36)
Madrid, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2004 Relax-Bodysol (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2005–2007 Relax-Fuenlabrada
2008–2009 Caisse d'Epargne
2010 Omega Pharma–Lotto
2011–2015 Team Katusha
2016– Movistar Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2011, 2013)

Stage races

Vuelta a Burgos (2012)

One-day races and Classics

Giro del Piemonte (2011)
GP Miguel Indurain (2012)
La Flèche Wallonne (2013)

Contents

BiographyEdit

Moreno launched his professional career in September 2004 with Team Relax-Gam Fuenlabrada. At his very first race, the annual Tour of Britain, he achieved a prominent result by finishing 5th in the general classification. In 2005 he advanced further by ranking 2nd at the Clásica de Ordizia and Vuelta a Andalucía.

In 2006, he achieved his first victories by taking stage wins at the Clásica Internacional de Alcobendas and the Volta ao Alentejo. He supplemented his triumphs with three podiums at Alentejo, Alcobendas and the Vuelta a Burgos.

In 2007 it also turned out to be successful year for the rider. He won stages at the Tour de San Luis, Vuelta Chihuahua, and the Escalada a Montjuic.[1] Along with that, he showed himself to good advantage by taking 2nd place at a stage of the Vuelta a España and, thus, reaching 12th position in the final general classification. In September he announced his move to French team Agritubel for the next year[2] but then Moreno renounced his own statement.

However, with the collapse of Team Relax-Gam Fuenlabrada in late 2007, the rider lost his permanent contract together with an opportunity to compete at professional races. Moreno managed to return to the peloton only in March 2008 after signing a contract with the Spanish team Caisse d'Epargne.

There he spent two seasons (2008–2009) working as a domestique for Alejandro Valverde[3] and then moved to Quick-Step for a year.[4]

In 2011 he joined Russian Team Katusha[5] and became a domestique for his team leader, Joaquim Rodríguez. Accompanying Purito in mountain races, Moreno managed to win several significant competitions including the Giro del Piemonte and the Vuelta a Burgos. On August 23 he triumphed at stage 4 of the Vuelta a España, joining the lone escapee of Chris Anker Sorensen in the final kilometers. Sorensen had been part of an earlier break and Moreno sat on his wheel, attacking in the final 400 metres (1,300 ft) as the peloton was charging behind.[6] The next day he successfully assisted Rodríguez at Valdepenas de Jaen. The coordinated performance of the two Spaniards brought Moreno to 3rd place while Rodríguez topped the podium. During all three weeks of the 2011 Spanish Grand Tour Moreno rode at his best and, thus, ranked 9th in the general classification. In October, Moreno won the Italian classic Giro del Piemonte, after shaking off the leading group containing 13 units after the flamme rouge on an uphill false flat.[7]

In 2012 Moreno kept on going forward. He triumphed at the GP Miguel Indurain,[8] took first place on stage 4 of the Vuelta a Andalucia and won 2 stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The rider also firmly assisted Joaquim Rodríguez at the Giro d'Italia; which helped Purito to rank 2nd in the general classification. The Vuelta a España and other home races were among his top priorities for the ongoing season.[9]

He went on to win the 2.HC classified Vuelta a Burgos, surviving a scare in the last stage after getting dropped on the Lagunas de Neila mountain finish by two serious overall classification contenders, Colombians Esteban Chaves of Colombia–Coldeportes and Sergio Henao of Team Sky. Moreno ultimately limited his losses to 22 seconds on that stage, retaining the leader's jersey by a slim 10 seconds margin over Henao. He also won 2 stages and the points classification of the race.[10]

He also had a solid 5th-place finish in the 2012 Vuelta a España, where he helped his team leader Joaquim Rodríguez in the mountain stages. Rodríguez took the third step of the podium.[11]

In 2013, Moreno won the World Tour race La Flèche Wallonne, after following an attack initiated by Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) on the final climb, the Mur de Huy. He passed Gilbert and Carlos Betancur (Ag2r–La Mondiale) to grab the victory.[12] He later continued his good form into the Critérium du Dauphiné where he finished 3rd overall. At the Vuelta a Espana, he won stages 4 and 9 and finished 10th in the overall general classification.

In October 2015, Movistar announced that they had signed Moreno on a two-year contract from 2016.[13]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2003
10th GP Ciudad de Vigo
2004
6th Overall Tour of Britain
2005
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia - Clasica de Ordizia
6th Clasica Ciclista a los Puertos
2006
2nd Overall Volta ao Alentejo
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Clasica a Alcobendas
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
4th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia - Clasica de Ordizia
4th Subida al Naranco
7th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
2007
1st Escalada a Montjuïc
1st Stage 5 Tour de San Luis
1st Stage 4 La Vuelta a Chihuahua
2nd Overall Clasica a Alcobendas y Collado Villalba
3rd Clasica Ciclista a los Puertos
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
7th GP Llodio
7th Overall Vuelta por un Chile Lider
2008
1st Stage 1 Euskal Bizikleta
6th Overall Vuelta a La Rioja
9th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2009
1st Stage 4 La Vuelta a Chihuahua
2nd Japan Cup
2nd Giro del Piemonte
2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
6th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
7th Subida al Naranco
10th GP Miguel Indurain
2010
8th Clasica de Almeria
10th Brabantse Pijl
2011
1st Giro del Piemonte
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a España
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 4
2nd Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
8th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Trofeo Deià
2012
1st   Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st GP Miguel Indurain
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stages 2 & 7
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a Andalucía
5th Overall Vuelta a España
2013
1st La Flèche Wallonne
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Milano–Torino
4th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
6th Giro di Lombardia
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 4 & 9
Held   after Stage 9
Held   after Stages 4–5, 8–13
Held   after Stage 9
2014
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
3rd Milano–Torino
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Amstel Gold Race
9th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Overall Tour of Oman
2015
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos
2nd Giro di Lombardia
4th Clásica de San Sebastián
5th La Flèche Wallonne
6th Overall Tour de San Luis
9th Overall Vuelta a España
9th Milano–Torino
10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2016
3rd   Road race, UEC European Road Championships
3rd Overall Vuelta a Asturias
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 3
4th Milano–Torino
8th Overall Vuelta a España
2017
4th Road race, National Road Championships
7th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
  Combativity award Stage 17 Vuelta a Espana

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia 26 29 20 41
  Tour de France 21 17 31
  Vuelta a España 36 12 12 11 9 5 10 11 9 8 18
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Moreno wins in Montjuïc – Cyclingnews.com, October 22, 2007
  2. ^ Daniel Moreno firmará con Agritubel para 2008 – Diario Vasco – 07.09.2007
  3. ^ Caisse d'Epargne: Team Profile – Cyclingnews.com, 2010
  4. ^ Moreno to race for Omega Pharma-Lotto in 2010 – Cyclingnews.com, October 20, 2009
  5. ^ Katusha signs three: Daniel Moreno, Alberto Losada, and Leif Hoste – Velonation.com, September 23, 2010
  6. ^ Peter Cossins (23 August 2011). "Moreno climbs to stage victory in the Sierra Nevada". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "97th Giro del Piemonte – Gran Piemonte". Daily Peloton. 2002–2011 by Daily Peloton. 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 22 December 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Moreno claims GP Indurain – Eurosport.yahoo.com, March 31, 2012
  9. ^ Moreno recovers for Dauphine stage win, plans a vacation – Velonews.com, June 6, 2012
  10. ^ Hymas, Peter (5 August 2012). "Moreno wins 2012 Vuelta a Burgos". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Vuelta a España 2012 stage 21 results". Velo News. 2012 Competitor Group, Inc. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Moreno victorious on Mur de Huy". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 17 April 2013. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dani Moreno joins Movistar for 2016". cyclingnews.com. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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