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Rojas happy with Dunkirk result

José Joaquín Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) did well in France and won the points competition

José Joaquín Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) did well in France and won the points competition (Image credit: Antonio J. Salmerón)

José Joaquín Rojas of Caisse d'Epargne was all smiles, as he finished the 4 Jours de Dunkerque in fourth place overall. What's more, the Spaniard took out the points classification and was runner-up in the final young rider standings.

In his first appearance at the French race, Rojas only missed the podium by eight seconds, with a crash in the penultimate stage not helping. Rojas recognised that "the crash affected me a lot and I had to ride all day counterintuitively [holding the bars differently - ed.]."

Despite not able to achieve his objective of a stage win, the rider from Cieza was satisfied with his race and was grateful to his team-mates, who "did a lot of work every day so I could rest as much as possible in the final kilometres of the stage. For that work, they would have merited a victory through me, but even though I intended that very badly, it wasn't meant to be," Rojas lamented as the French race concluded.

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