By Antonio J. Salmerón
Promising Caisse d'Epargne rider José Joaquín Rojas was hit by a car after he had finished training with teammates Alejandro Valverde, Francesco Pérez and Luis León Sánchez in Alcantarilla (Murcia, Spain).
The Spaniard was accompanied at the time of the accident by Bernardo Joaquín Juliá, the brother of ex-Caisse d'Epargne rider Cayetano Juliá, who called the local police and ambulance.
Following the crash, the 21 year-old was treated at the scene after experiencing a temporary loss of consciousness, according to the local police. Rojas was then examined in a local sports trauma clinic by the Doctor Esparza, who told to Cyclingnews: "We hope to know by morning which injuries have been done to his spine, but at the moment, we've not observed anything really serious."
Rojas will not participate in Milan - San Remo as a result of the accident which also puts his start at the Criterium International in question.