Rojas wins Castilla y Leon opening stage

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) TeamResult
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team4:34:00 
2Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi  
4Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
5Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los  
7Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
8Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
9Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
10Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
11Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
12Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
13Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
14Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier  
15Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
16Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
17Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
18Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
19Diego Milan (Dom) Team Differdange-Los  
20Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
21Pedro Paulinho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
22Micael Isidoro (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
23Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
24Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi  
25Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH  
26Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
27Matteo Belli (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
28Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
29César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular  
30Daniel Silva (Por) Radio Popular  
31Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
32Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
33Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH  
34Juan Chamorro (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
35Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador  
36Ricardo Mestre (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
37Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
38Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
39Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
40Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
41Luis Alfonso (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
42Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
43David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
44Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi  
45Silvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
46David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH  
47Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
48Andre Mourato (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
49Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
50Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
51Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
52Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
53Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Euskadi  
54Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular  
55Giacomo Forconi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
56Riccardo Donato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
57Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
58Hugo Sancho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
59Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
60Jaume Rovira (Spa) Team Ecuador  
61Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
62Nuno Matos (Por) Radio Popular  
63Rui Sousa (Por) Radio Popular  
64Anfredo Balloni (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
65Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi  
66Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
67Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
68Bernardo Suaza (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
69Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular  
70Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
71Marcel Weber (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
72Juan Quintero (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
73Hernani Broco (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
74Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
75Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH  
76Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH  
77Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
78Vergilio Santos (Por) Radio Popular  
79Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
80Sebastiano Frassetto (Ita) Team Differdange-Los  
81Fernando Orjuela (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
82Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi  
83Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx  
84Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
85Antonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
86Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi  
87Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
88Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
89Rino Gasparrini (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
90Sandro Pinto (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
91Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange-Los  
92Carlos Ivan Oyarzun (Chi) Efapel - Glassdrive  
93Victor Etxeberria (Spa) Euskadi  
94Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
95Hélder Ferreira (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:00:21 
96Francisco Moreno (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
97Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
98Ever Rivera (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
99Mattia Frapporti (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier0:00:35 
100Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
101Marco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
102Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:49 
103Stefano Tonin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
104Christopher Muche (Ger) Team Stuttgart0:00:56 
105Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:01:13 
106Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
107Celio Sousa (Por) Radio Popular  
108Lorenzo Trabucco (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest0:01:28 
109Hugo Sabido (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
110Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador  
111Bayron Guama (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
112Damien Garcia (Fra) Team Differdange-Los0:11:45 
113Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
114Kevin Suarez (Bel) Team Differdange-Los  
115Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
116Isaac Carbonell (Spa) Team Ecuador  
117Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
118Mateo Gozzi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest0:11:48 
119Augusto Sanchez (Dom) Team Differdange-Los  
120Carlos Uran (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
121Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team25 pts
2Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx20 
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi16 
4Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA14 
5Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team12 
6Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los10 
7Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour9 
8Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart8 
9Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest7 
10Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier6 
11Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte5 
12Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte4 
13Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive3 
14Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier2 
15Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx1 
Mountain 1 - Alto De Cillalcampo (Cat. 3), km. 127.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier3 pts
2Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx2 
3César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular1 
Mountain 2 - Alto De Ricobayo (Cat. 3), km. 138.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest3 pts
2Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi2 
3Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team13:42:00 
2MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
3La Aluminios-Antarte  
4Lokosphinx  
5Efapel - Glassdrive  
6Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
7Nankang-Fondriest  
8Louletano-Dunas Dourada  
9Euskadi  
10Burgos-BH  
11Team Differdange - Losch  
12Radio Popular  
13Team Stuttgart  
14Area Zero Pro Team  
15Team Ecuador  
164-72 - COLOMBIA  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team4:33:50 
2Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:00:04 
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi0:00:06 
4Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:10 
5Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los  
7Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
8Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
9Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
10Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
11Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
12Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
13Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
14Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier  
15Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
16Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
17Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
18Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
19Diego Milan (Dom) Team Differdange-Los  
20Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
21Pedro Paulinho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
22Micael Isidoro (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
23Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
24Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi  
25Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH  
26Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
27Matteo Belli (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
28Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
29César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular  
30Daniel Silva (Por) Radio Popular  
31Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
32Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
33Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH  
34Juan Chamorro (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
35Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador  
36Ricardo Mestre (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
37Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
38Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
39Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
40Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
41Luis Alfonso (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
42Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
43David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
44Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi  
45Silvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
46David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH  
47Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
48Andre Mourato (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
49Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
50Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
51Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
52Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
53Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Euskadi  
54Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular  
55Giacomo Forconi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
56Riccardo Donato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
57Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
58Hugo Sancho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
59Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
60Jaume Rovira (Spa) Team Ecuador  
61Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
62Nuno Matos (Por) Radio Popular  
63Rui Sousa (Por) Radio Popular  
64Anfredo Balloni (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
65Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi  
66Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
67Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
68Bernardo Suaza (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
69Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular  
70Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
71Marcel Weber (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
72Juan Quintero (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
73Hernani Broco (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
74Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
75Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH  
76Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH  
77Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
78Vergilio Santos (Por) Radio Popular  
79Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
80Sebastiano Frassetto (Ita) Team Differdange-Los  
81Fernando Orjuela (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
82Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi  
83Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx  
84Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
85Antonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
86Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi  
87Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
88Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
89Rino Gasparrini (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
90Sandro Pinto (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
91Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange-Los  
92Carlos Ivan Oyarzun (Chi) Efapel - Glassdrive  
93Victor Etxeberria (Spa) Euskadi  
94Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
95Celio Sousa (Por) Radio Popular  
96Hugo Sabido (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
97Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador  
98Bayron Guama (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
99Hélder Ferreira (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:00:31 
100Francisco Moreno (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
101Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
102Ever Rivera (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
103Mattia Frapporti (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier0:00:45 
104Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
105Marco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
106Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:59 
107Stefano Tonin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
108Christopher Muche (Ger) Team Stuttgart0:01:06 
109Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:01:23 
110Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
111Lorenzo Trabucco (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest0:01:38 
112Damien Garcia (Fra) Team Differdange-Los0:11:55 
113Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
114Kevin Suarez (Bel) Team Differdange-Los  
115Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
116Isaac Carbonell (Spa) Team Ecuador  
117Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
118Mateo Gozzi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest0:11:58 
119Augusto Sanchez (Dom) Team Differdange-Los  
120Carlos Uran (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
121Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team25 pts
2Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx20 
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi16 
4Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA14 
5Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team12 
6Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los10 
7Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour9 
8Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart8 
9Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest7 
10Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier6 
11Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte5 
12Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte4 
13Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive3 
14Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier2 
15Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier3 pts
2Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest3 
3Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx3 
4Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi2 
5César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular1 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier5 pts
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team4 
3Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx4 
4Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi4 
5Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA4 
6Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team4 
7Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange-Los4 
8Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour4 
9Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart4 
10Filippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest4 
11Daniel Freitas (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte4 
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi  
2Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
3Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador  
4Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team13:42:00 
2MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
3La Aluminios-Antarte  
4Lokosphinx  
5Efapel - Glassdrive  
6Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
7Nankang-Fondriest  
8Louletano-Dunas Dourada  
9Euskadi  
10Burgos-BH  
11Team Differdange - Losch  
12Radio Popular  
13Team Stuttgart  
14Area Zero Pro Team  
15Team Ecuador  
164-72 - Colombia  

 

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