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Rujano retires from pro cycling

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Cycling News
Published:
June 24, 2013, 16:01,
Updated:
June 24, 2013, 17:02
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Jose Rujano (Vacansoleil-DCM)

Jose Rujano (Vacansoleil-DCM)

  • Jose Rujano (Vacansoleil-DCM)
  • Jose Rujano will be the team's general classification hope at the Giro d'Italia
  • José Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) on the podium after winning the stage

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Venezuelan has not ridden since April, linked to Italian doping investigation

Jose Rujano announced his retirement from pro cycling, in an interview with a South American newspaper. Most recently with Dutch team Vacansoleil-DCM, he has not raced in Europe since the Tour de Romandie in April.

“I'm retiring from cycling not for lack of condition, but because of the many problems I've had nationally and internationally and lack of support from those who govern cycling in the country," the Venezuelan rider told the Diairio de los Andes.

"Rujano hasn't informed us yet," team spokesman Frank Kwanten told Cyclingnews. "He has a one-year contract."

In March, his name was mentioned in connection with Operation Amateur, a doping investigation into the trafficking of doping products such as EPO, CERA and Retacrit in Italy. Rujano denied an involvement. However, it was enough for Vacansoleil to leave the climber off of its Giro d'Italia team, especially in light of its search for a new sponsor.

His last race for the team was the Tour de Romandie the end of April. He also just won the Colombian national time trial title.

Rujano, 31, turned pro in 2003 with Colombia-Selle Italia, where he stayed until 2006. It was one of the few teams at which he spent more than one season. Since then he has been with QuickStep, Unibet.com, Caisse d'Epargne, Gobernacion del Zulia, ISD-Neri, Androni Giacattoli and Vacansoleil.

In 2012, riding for Androni-Giacattoli, he abandoned the Giro d'Italia on the 19th stage, claiming to suffer from mononucleosis. The team disputed his claim of illness, and he did not ride for them again the remainder of the season.

Rujano finished third overall in the 2005 Giro, winning one stage and the mountains ranking. He won two more stages at the Giro in 2011 and finished sixth overall.

andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
For him to retire is because he is involved with doping, at least that is the only explanation I can come up with. He always had many mysterious ups and downs. I hope I am wrong, but I think that Vini Fantini is not the only dirty italian team.
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
It could just as well be a morale issue. He always seemed to be affected by pressure: he rode rather well when it was off his shoulders, but whenever something was expected from him he'd drop like a rock. I can't imagine doping allegations over his head would do him much good.
andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
In 2012 he got a 2nd place in Tour de Langkawi and 5th in Giro del Trentino, I don't think a rider would be demoralised with this good results. During the Giro he said he had mononucleosis, but the team doctor said that he did not have any kind of illness, so I don't really believe that he had a bad Giro because of lack of moral or team spirit.
TheStaz More than 1 year ago
Considering the amount of teams he's been on, which include Belgian, Spanish, Colombian, Italian and Dutch teams, I wouldn't directly point the finger at Italian teams.
andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
But he only performed well in Italian teams. Don't forget that his Colombian team was named Colombia-Selle Italia, the co-sponsor was italian and the teams was based in Italy, so, officialy, it is an italian team. BTW, it was the team that became Androni.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps he just performed well some years, because he's a great cyclist with a super low weight making it easier for him to climb the steep mountains - I don't see the connection between team nationality and performance in this case... If that was the case I'd say he should just go to SKY
chrishent More than 1 year ago
Interesting that a Venezuelan can win the Colombian national time trial...
Citius More than 1 year ago
Specially considering that there was no Colombian TT championship in these days. A small mistake: Venezuala, Colombia, whatever! they are all the same right? But seriously, this VENEZUELAN rider should have done this a while ago. He is a pure representative of the darkest era of cycling, as many other Venezualan riders....
WindLessBreeze More than 1 year ago
He won Venezuelan ITT, a cronoescalada?!'..............Funny thing he was allowed to compete while being investigated
climb4fun More than 1 year ago
He may have won the race but not the title. I believe the USA allowed non-citizens to race when it was in Philly.
esnx36 More than 1 year ago
Non-nationals are not allowed to start national championships in Colombia
hfer07 More than 1 year ago
Overall- is the best choice he's made- apart from his current affair with the Italian Anti-doping investigation, Rujano's best years were already behind him, plus his inconsistency & lack of results at 31 y.o. aren't quiet guaranties for any Pro-Team to invest money on him....
Fabiano More than 1 year ago
He's from Venezuela, not Colombia, and not, they are not all the same, such as the Dutch and Belgians are no the same either.
Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
Exactamundo!!!
WindLessBreeze More than 1 year ago
Venezuela es una provincia de la Gran Colombia; Just as Panama, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, etc
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
Good career move I think plus he had physical problems which just made his career even harder. He had been in the wilderness for quite a while without at results of note. Never hit the heights some people expected.