Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 2012

Rojas keeps overall jersey


Stage 2 Apr 3 Güeñes – Vitoria-Gasteiz 165.7 km

Stage 2 results:
1 Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling Team 4:10:07
4th José Joaquín Rojas m.t.
41st Vasil Kiryienka m.t.
43rd Rui Costa m.t.
52nd Ángel Madrazo m.t.
72nd David Arroyo m.t.
106th David López 0.32
142nd José Herrada 2.14
156th Marzio Bruseghin 10.19

Overall results after stage 2
1st José Joaquín Rojas 8:10:57
41st Vasil Kiryienka m.t.
43rd Rui Costa m.t.
52nd Ángel Madrazo m.t.
72nd David Arroyo m.t.
106th David López 0.32
142nd José Herrada 2.14
156th Marzio Bruseghin 10.19

Rojas wins stage 1 in sprint finish

Stage 1 Apr 2 Güeñes 153 km

JJ Rojas sprinted to his first stage victory of 2012 by timing his attack perfect to the finish line ahead of Fabian Wegmann and Arthur Vichot.
“I wasn’t expecting to race here because I had suffered a serious crash last week at Gent-Wevelgem,” said Rojas. “I still have much pain in my back and was really doubtful about taking the start or not. Eventually we decided to come here, especially as a preparation before next week to help Alejandro [Valverde] in the Ardennes, and… look what happened. When you don’t expect it, you win.
“When we entered the final straight I saw a small gap on the right side I could barely pass through. I thought: ‘I’ll either get past or crash’. I didn’t care about crashing, because we take so many risks on the road that danger comes from everywhere, but everything turned out well.
“This victory is the fruit of all work I did during the winter; I’m a rider who needs victories, and when you’re always coming close and victories don’t arrive, doubts grow up even more. After the bad streak in the start of the season, with so many problems, such a victory does really well for my morale.”

Stage 1 and overall results:
1st José Joaquín Rojas 3.57.44
38th Vasil Kiryienka m.t.
42nd Ángel Madrazo m.t.
54th José Herrada m.t.
64th Rui Costa m.t.
85th Marzio Bruseghin m.t.
89th David Arroyo m.t.
100th David López m.t
Stage 1 Apr 2 Güeñes 153 km
Stage 2 Apr 3 Güeñes – Vitoria-Gasteiz 165.7 km
Stage 3 Apr 4 Vitoria-Gasteiz – Eibar-Arrate 164 km
Stage 4 Apr 5 Eibar – Bera-Ibardin 151 km
Stage 5 Apr 6 Bera – Oñati 183 km
Stage 6 Apr 7 Oñati (ITT) 18.9 km

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