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José Joaquín Rojas Gil (born 8 June 1985) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Movistar Team.[1]

José Joaquín Rojas
José Joaquín Rojas TDF 2013 (Cropping).jpg
Rojas at the 2013 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full nameJosé Joaquín Rojas Gil
Born (1985-06-08) 8 June 1985 (age 34)
Cieza, Murcia, Spain
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamMovistar Team
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
2005Liberty Seguros–Würth (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2006Liberty Seguros–Würth
2007–Caisse d'Epargne
Major wins
One-Day Races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2011, 2016)

CareerEdit

Rojas turned professional in 2006 with Liberty Seguros–Würth. His older brother Mariano Rojas, was a professional cyclist as well, riding for ONCE until 1996. He died in the same year as a result of a traffic accident.[2]

Rojas was selected to ride the 2012 Tour de France, but crashed out on Stage 3, with a fractured left collarbone, the second retirement of the 2012 Tour after Team Sky's Kanstantsin Sivtsov.[3][4]

Rojas was again selected to ride the 2013 Tour de France and finished 79th overall, one of the highest GC placings among the sprinters; he also finished in 7th place in the points classification with 156 points. His best result was a third place on the third stage – in which he contested the bunch sprint – which was one of seven top-ten finishes during the Tour. He was disqualified from the 2014 Tour de France for excessive sheltering behind his team car during the descent of the Tourmalet.[5]

Major resultsEdit

2002
1st   Road race, National Junior Road Championships
2003
1st   Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
4th Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
2005
2nd Overall Vuelta a Extremadura
1st Points classification
2006
1st   Mountains classification Tirreno–Adriatico
7th Overall Three Days of De Panne
10th Circuito de Getxo
2007
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Murcia
2nd Trofeo Mallorca
2nd Trofeo Cala Millor
3rd Circuito de Getxo
6th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
9th Overall Tour de Pologne
1st   Points classification
9th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Châteauroux Classic
2008
1st Trofeo Pollença
2nd Gran Premio de Llodio
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Young rider classification
4th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
4th Overall Tour du Limousin
5th Overall Paris–Corrèze
5th Trofeo Cala Millor
5th Clásica de Almería
5th GP Ouest–France
5th Vattenfall Cyclassics
6th Trofeo Mallorca
7th Gent–Wevelgem
2009
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Ain
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Young rider classification
4th Gran Premio de Llodio
5th Cancer Council Helpline Classic
9th Trofeo Cala Millor
2010
2nd Gran Premio dell'Insubria-Lugano
3rd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st   Points classification
4th Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova
5th Trofeo Deià
5th GP Ouest–France
6th Paris–Camembert
7th Trofeo Cala Millor
8th Overall Tour du Limousin
9th Trofeo Palma
2011
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Trofeo Deià
1st Stage 6 Volta a Catalunya
2nd Clásica de Almería
3rd Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova
4th Overall Tour du Haut Var
4th Trofeo Palma
5th Vattenfall Cyclassics
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
7th GP Ouest–France
8th Cancer Council Helpline Classic
10th Trofeo Cala Millor
2012
1st Stage 1 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
9th Trofeo Migjorn
2013
3rd Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
4th Vattenfall Cyclassics
5th Trofeo Platja de Muro
6th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
6th Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
8th Cancer Council Helpline Classic
2014
Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 1
4th Overall Paris–Nice
4th Circuito de Getxo
5th Vuelta a Murcia
6th Clásica de Almería
2015
1st Stage 1 Tour of Qatar
3rd Trofeo Santanyi-SesSalines-Campos
4th Circuito de Getxo
4th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
5th Gran Piemonte
2016
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
10th Clásica de Almería
2017
3rd Vuelta a La Rioja
5th Amstel Gold Race
10th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
  Combativity award Stage 18 Vuelta a España
2018
6th Trofeo Matteotti
8th Trofeo Palma
9th Vuelta a Murcia
2019
5th Circuito de Getxo
5th Clásica de Almería
9th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
10th Trofeo Palma

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia DNF 49 50 50
  Tour de France 84 68 80 DNF 79 DSQ DNF
  Vuelta a España DNF 43 DNF 22 30
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Movistar Team launches 2019 season with highest hopes". Telefónica. Telefónica, S.A. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  2. ^ Jose Rocamora (22 June 1996). "Muere otra promesa del ciclismo español". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Tour de France: Peter Sagan earns his second Tour stage win". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Tjallingii, Rojas out after crash-filled Tour de France stage". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Rojas objects to "unjust" expulsion from Tour de France". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iván Gutiérrez
Spanish National Road Race Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Francisco Ventoso