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José Joaquín Rojas

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

José Joaquín Rojas
José Joaquín Rojas TDF 2013 (Cropping).jpg
Rojas at the 2013 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full name José Joaquín Rojas Gil
Born (1985-06-08) 8 June 1985 (age 32)
Cieza, Murcia, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2005 Liberty Seguros–Würth (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2006 Liberty Seguros–Würth
2007– Caisse d'Epargne
Major wins

One-Day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2011, 2016)



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]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Time trial, National Under–17 Road Championships
1st   Mountains classification Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Murcia
9th Gent–Wevelgem
9th Overall Tour of Poland
1st   Points classification
1st Trofeo Pollença
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Young rider classification
5th Vattenfall Cyclassics
7th Gent–Wevelgem
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Ain
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Young rider classification
2nd Gran Premio dell'Insubria-Lugano
3rd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st   Points classification
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 6 Volta a Catalunya
1st Trofeo Deià
2nd Clásica de Almería
3rd Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova
4th Overall Tour du Haut Var
5th Vattenfall Cyclassics
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
7th GP Ouest–France
8th Cancer Council Helpline Classic
10th Trofeo Cala Millor
1st Stage 1 Tour of the Basque Country
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
Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 1
4th Overall Paris–Nice
5th Vuelta a Murcia
6th Clásica de Almería
1st Stage 1 Tour of Qatar
3rd Trofeo Santanyi-SesSalines-Campos
4th Circuito de Getxo
4th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
5th Gran Piemonte
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
10th Clásica de Almería
3rd Vuelta a La Rioja
5th Amstel Gold Race
10th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
  Combativity award Stage 18 Vuelta a España
8th Trofeo Palma

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

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

; DSQ = Disqualified


  1. ^ "Movistar Team (MOV) – ESP". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  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". Future plc. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

External linksEdit

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