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Vuelta a Castilla y Leon 2014

Date range:
May 16-18

May 16, Stage 1: Ciudad Rodrigo - Zamora 161.4km

Rojas wins Castilla y Leon opening stage

By:
Fran Reyes
Published:
May 16, 2014, 17:06 BST,
Updated:
May 18, 2014, 1:19 BST

Movistar rider takes first race leader's jersey in sprint

After two years without a win José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) finally broadened his palmares today in the Vuelta a Castilla y León by being the fastest at the finish in Zamora. The Murcian rider defeated Sergei Shilov (Lokosphinx) and local young gun Carlos Barbero (Euskadi).

Rojas' last victory was the opening stage of the Vuelta al País Vasco 2012. Despite collecting the impressive amount of 43 top10 placings during this lapse of 25 months, the cyclist from Cieza wasn't lucky to deliver any victory and was mocked for always finishing in the 4th spot of every race he contended.

"To be honest, I couldn't believe myself when I realized I had won after so much time", he assured, stating also that "these last months were complicated, because I had such a bad drought". Rojas took the overall lead, but most likely we won't be successful at defending it due to lack of form (he just came back from a bad crash in Milano-San Remo which ruined his Classics campaign) and an unfavorable route, with a mountain top finish tomorrow and a hard climbing stage on Sunday.

The first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León featured flat roads on a flat landscape. Being Movistar Team the only ProTeam of the field, the other 15 squads (14 Continental and one Professional, Caja Rural) set to take part in this Spanish 3-day race were afraid of their potential. The main question at the start line of Ciudad Rodrigo was if the blue team would try to tear the race apart taking profit of the presumable wind and the powerhorses they had in their line-up, like Alex Dowsett or Jasha Sütterlin.

It took a while to see a group of riders jumping off the peloton. It was Juan José Oroz, on his first race with Burgos BH after being hit by the PinoRoad fiasco, who attacked and was quickly followed by Matteo Gozzi and Matteo Belli (both Nankang-Fondriest), Gianluca Leonardi (Area Zero), Matteo Busato (MG Kvis) and Martin Reinert (Team Stuttgart). Diego Rubio (Efapel) and Bernardo Suaza (4-72 Colombia) joined later, while Reinert lost contact halfway and was constraint to abandon.

The final 50 kilometers of the stage went across a couple of 3rd category climbs. Right before those, Movistar Team pushed hard trying to force some echelons. The move didn't reach to produce the desired effect, but neutralized the breakaway. That left the possibility open for new attackers and many riders gave themselves a go, notably Jon Larrinaga (Euskadi), Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team) and Luca Chirico (Mg Kvis-Trevigiani), who got the Mountain jersey.

Unfortunately for them, Caja Rural and Movistar Team were very interested on provoking a sprint finish to play the chances of Franceso Lasca and José Joaquín Rojas. The final kilometer, slightly uphill, was led by an omnipresent Alex Dowsett and Enrique Sanz, both Movistar riders. But it wasn't Rojas but Carlos Barbero (Euskadi) the rider on their wheel to take advantage of their lead-out. The rider from Burgos defied the wind with 150 meters to go and took some meters on his immediate contenders, but was overtaken before the finish line by Sergei Shilov (Lokosphinx) and a powerful Rojas.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 4:34:00  
2 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
3 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi    
4 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
5 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
6 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los    
7 Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
8 Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart    
9 Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
10 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
11 Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
12 Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
13 Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive    
14 Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier    
15 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
16 Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
17 Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive    
18 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
19 Diego Milan (Dom) Team Differdange-Los    
20 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
21 Pedro Paulinho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
22 Micael Isidoro (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
23 Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive    
24 Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi    
25 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH    
26 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
27 Matteo Belli (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
28 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
29 César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular    
30 Daniel Silva (Por) Radio Popular    
31 Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH    
32 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
33 Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH    
34 Juan Chamorro (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
35 Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador    
36 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive    
37 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
38 Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
39 Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
40 Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Team Ecuador    
41 Luis Alfonso (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
42 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Stuttgart    
43 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
44 Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi    
45 Silvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
46 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH    
47 Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
48 Andre Mourato (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
49 Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive    
50 Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
51 Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
52 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
53 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Euskadi    
54 Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular    
55 Giacomo Forconi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
56 Riccardo Donato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
57 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    
58 Hugo Sancho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
59 Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
60 Jaume Rovira (Spa) Team Ecuador    
61 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
62 Nuno Matos (Por) Radio Popular    
63 Rui Sousa (Por) Radio Popular    
64 Anfredo Balloni (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
65 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi    
66 Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
67 Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH    
68 Bernardo Suaza (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
69 Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular    
70 Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
71 Marcel Weber (Ger) Team Stuttgart    
72 Juan Quintero (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
73 Hernani Broco (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
74 Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
75 Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH    
76 Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH    
77 Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
78 Vergilio Santos (Por) Radio Popular    
79 Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Team Ecuador    
80 Sebastiano Frassetto (Ita) Team Differdange-Los    
81 Fernando Orjuela (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
82 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi    
83 Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx    
84 Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
85 Antonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
86 Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi    
87 Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-BH    
88 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
89 Rino Gasparrini (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
90 Sandro Pinto (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
91 Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange-Los    
92 Carlos Ivan Oyarzun (Chi) Efapel - Glassdrive    
93 Victor Etxeberria (Spa) Euskadi    
94 Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
95 Hélder Ferreira (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive 0:00:21  
96 Francisco Moreno (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
97 Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
98 Ever Rivera (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
99 Mattia Frapporti (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier 0:00:35  
100 Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
101 Marco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
102 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:49  
103 Stefano Tonin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
104 Christopher Muche (Ger) Team Stuttgart 0:00:56  
105 Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team 0:01:13  
106 Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
107 Celio Sousa (Por) Radio Popular    
108 Lorenzo Trabucco (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 0:01:28  
109 Hugo Sabido (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
110 Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador    
111 Bayron Guama (Ecu) Team Ecuador    
112 Damien Garcia (Fra) Team Differdange-Los 0:11:45  
113 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
114 Kevin Suarez (Bel) Team Differdange-Los    
115 Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
116 Isaac Carbonell (Spa) Team Ecuador    
117 Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive    
118 Mateo Gozzi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 0:11:48  
119 Augusto Sanchez (Dom) Team Differdange-Los    
120 Carlos Uran (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
121 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
Points
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 25  pts
2 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx 20  
3 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi 16  
4 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 14  
5 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 12  
6 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los 10  
7 Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour 9  
8 Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart 8  
9 Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 7  
10 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier 6  
11 Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte 5  
12 Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte 4  
13 Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive 3  
14 Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier 2  
15 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx 1  
Mountain 1 - Alto De Cillalcampo (Cat. 3), km. 127.7
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier 3  pts
2 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx 2  
3 César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular 1  
Mountain 2 - Alto De Ricobayo (Cat. 3), km. 138.6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 3  pts
2 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi 2  
3 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx 1  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Movistar Team 13:42:00  
2 MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
3 La Aluminios-Antarte    
4 Lokosphinx    
5 Efapel - Glassdrive    
6 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
7 Nankang-Fondriest    
8 Louletano-Dunas Dourada    
9 Euskadi    
10 Burgos-BH    
11 Team Differdange - Losch    
12 Radio Popular    
13 Team Stuttgart    
14 Area Zero Pro Team    
15 Team Ecuador    
16 4-72 - COLOMBIA    
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 4:33:50  
2 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx 0:00:04  
3 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi 0:00:06  
4 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:00:10  
5 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
6 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los    
7 Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
8 Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart    
9 Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
10 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
11 Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
12 Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
13 Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive    
14 Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier    
15 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
16 Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
17 Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive    
18 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
19 Diego Milan (Dom) Team Differdange-Los    
20 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
21 Pedro Paulinho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
22 Micael Isidoro (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
23 Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive    
24 Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi    
25 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH    
26 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
27 Matteo Belli (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
28 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
29 César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular    
30 Daniel Silva (Por) Radio Popular    
31 Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH    
32 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
33 Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH    
34 Juan Chamorro (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
35 Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador    
36 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive    
37 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
38 Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
39 Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
40 Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Team Ecuador    
41 Luis Alfonso (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
42 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Stuttgart    
43 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
44 Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi    
45 Silvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
46 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH    
47 Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
48 Andre Mourato (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
49 Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive    
50 Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
51 Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
52 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
53 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Euskadi    
54 Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular    
55 Giacomo Forconi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
56 Riccardo Donato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
57 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    
58 Hugo Sancho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
59 Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
60 Jaume Rovira (Spa) Team Ecuador    
61 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
62 Nuno Matos (Por) Radio Popular    
63 Rui Sousa (Por) Radio Popular    
64 Anfredo Balloni (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
65 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi    
66 Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
67 Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH    
68 Bernardo Suaza (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
69 Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular    
70 Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
71 Marcel Weber (Ger) Team Stuttgart    
72 Juan Quintero (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
73 Hernani Broco (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
74 Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
75 Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH    
76 Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH    
77 Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
78 Vergilio Santos (Por) Radio Popular    
79 Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Team Ecuador    
80 Sebastiano Frassetto (Ita) Team Differdange-Los    
81 Fernando Orjuela (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
82 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi    
83 Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx    
84 Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
85 Antonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest    
86 Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi    
87 Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-BH    
88 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
89 Rino Gasparrini (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier    
90 Sandro Pinto (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
91 Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange-Los    
92 Carlos Ivan Oyarzun (Chi) Efapel - Glassdrive    
93 Victor Etxeberria (Spa) Euskadi    
94 Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
95 Celio Sousa (Por) Radio Popular    
96 Hugo Sabido (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte    
97 Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador    
98 Bayron Guama (Ecu) Team Ecuador    
99 Hélder Ferreira (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive 0:00:31  
100 Francisco Moreno (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour    
101 Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
102 Ever Rivera (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
103 Mattia Frapporti (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier 0:00:45  
104 Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
105 Marco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
106 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:59  
107 Stefano Tonin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
108 Christopher Muche (Ger) Team Stuttgart 0:01:06  
109 Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team 0:01:23  
110 Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
111 Lorenzo Trabucco (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 0:01:38  
112 Damien Garcia (Fra) Team Differdange-Los 0:11:55  
113 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
114 Kevin Suarez (Bel) Team Differdange-Los    
115 Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
116 Isaac Carbonell (Spa) Team Ecuador    
117 Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive    
118 Mateo Gozzi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 0:11:58  
119 Augusto Sanchez (Dom) Team Differdange-Los    
120 Carlos Uran (Col) 4-72 - Colombia    
121 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 25  pts
2 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx 20  
3 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi 16  
4 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 14  
5 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 12  
6 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los 10  
7 Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour 9  
8 Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart 8  
9 Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 7  
10 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier 6  
11 Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte 5  
12 Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte 4  
13 Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive 3  
14 Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier 2  
15 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier 3  pts
2 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 3  
3 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx 3  
4 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi 2  
5 César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular 1  
Combination classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier 5  pts
2 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 4  
3 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx 4  
4 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi 4  
5 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 4  
6 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 4  
7 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los 4  
8 Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour 4  
9 Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart 4  
10 Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest 4  
11 Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte 4  
Regional rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi    
2 Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive    
3 Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador    
4 Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH    
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Movistar Team 13:42:00  
2 MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
3 La Aluminios-Antarte    
4 Lokosphinx    
5 Efapel - Glassdrive    
6 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
7 Nankang-Fondriest    
8 Louletano-Dunas Dourada    
9 Euskadi    
10 Burgos-BH    
11 Team Differdange - Losch    
12 Radio Popular    
13 Team Stuttgart    
14 Area Zero Pro Team    
15 Team Ecuador    
16 4-72 - Colombia