Rodriguez scores first pro stage race podium in Valenciana at age 21

TORREVIEJA SPAIN FEBRUARY 05 Carlos Rodriguez Cano of Spain and Team INEOS Grenadiers Orange Points Jersey competes during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 4 a 1931km stage from Orihuela to Torrevieja VCV2022 on February 05 2022 in Torrevieja Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Two podium finishes in the toughest stages of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana have propelled young Spanish racer Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) to a third place overall in the 2.Pro race, the biggest success to date of his promising young career.

Rodriguez was the best of five Spaniards in the top ten of Valenciana, including far more experienced racers like Enric Mas and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who took fourth and fifth respectively.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.