Daniel Moreno

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Daniel Moreno
Daniel Moreno 4JDD 2009 1.jpg
Moreno in 2009
Personal information
Full name Daniel Moreno Fernández
Nickname Muñeco
Born (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 (age 33)
Madrid, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)
Team information
Current team Team Katusha
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2004 Relax-Bodysol (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2005–2007
2008–2009
2010
2011–
Relax-Gam
Caisse d'Epargne
Omega Pharma-Lotto
Team Katusha
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2011, 2013)

Stage races

Vuelta a Burgos (2012)

One-day races and Classics

Giro del Piemonte (2011)
GP Miguel Indurain (2012)
La Flèche Wallonne (2013)
Infobox last updated on
20 April 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Moreno and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.

Daniel Moreno Fernández (born 5 September 1981) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Team Katusha.[1] He specializes in mountain and high-mountain races along with Grand Tours like Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, winning three stages of the latter in 2011 and 2013.

Biography[edit]

Moreno launched his professional career in September 2004 with Team Relax-Gam Fuenlabrada. At his very first race, annual Tour of Britain, he already achieved a prominent result finishing 5th in its general classification. In 2005 he advanced further by ranking 2nd at Clásica de Ordizia and Vuelta a Andalucía.

Finally, in 2006 he won his first victories with taking a stage of Clásica Internacional de Alcobendas and another one of Volta ao Alentejo. He supplemented his triumphs with three podiums at Alentejo, Alcobendas and Vuelta a Burgos.

The year of 2007 also turned out to be successful for the rider. He took stages at Argentinian Tour de San Luis and Mexican Vuelta Chihuahua, won a final victory at Escalada a Montjuic.[2] Along with that, he showed himself to good advantage by taking 2nd place at a stage of Vuelta a España and, thus, reaching the 12th position in the final classification. In September he announced on his move to French team Agritubel for the next year[3] but then Moreno renounced his own statement.

However, with the collapse of Team Relax-Gam Fuenlabrada in late 2007, the rider lost his permanent contract together with an opportunity to compete at professional races. Moreno managed to return to peloton only in March 2008 after signing a contract with the Spanish team Caisse d'Epargne.

There he spent two seasons (2008–2009) working a stalwart domestique of Alejandro Valverde[4] and then moved to Quick Step for a year.[5]

In 2011 he joined Russian Team Katusha[6] and became a domestique of his leader, Joaquim Rodriguez. Accompanying Purito in mountain races, Moreno managed himself to win several significant competitions including the Giro del Piemonte and the Vuelta a Burgos. On August 23 he triumphed at stage 4 of Vuelta a España, joining the lone escapee Chris Anker Sorensen in the final kilometers. Sorensen had been part of an earlier break and Moreno sit on his wheel, attacking in the final 400 metres (1,300 ft) as the peloton was charging behind.[7] The next day he successfully assisted Rodriguez at Valdepenas de Jaen. The coordinated performance of the two Spaniards brought Moreno the 3rd place while Rodriguez topped the podium. During all three weeks of the Spanish Grand Tour 2011 Moreno rode at his full speed and, thus, ranked 9th in the general classification. In October, Moreno won the Italian classic Giro del Piemonte, after shaking off the leading group containing 13 units after the flamme rouge on an uphill false flat.[8]

In 2012 Moreno kept on going forward. He won a victory at GP Miguel Indurain,[9] took first place at stage 4 of Vuelta a Andalucia and won 2 stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The rider also firmly assisted Joaquim Rodriguez at the Giro d'Italia; that helped Purito to rank 2nd in general classification. Among his top priorities for the ongoing season Moreno calls Vuelta a España and other home races.[10]

He went on to win the 2.HC classified Vuelta a Burgos, surviving a scare in the last stage after getting dropped on the Lagunas de Neila mountain finish by two serious overall classification contenders, Colombians Esteban Chaves of Colombia-Coldeportes and Sergio Henao of Team Sky. Moreno ultimately limited his losses to 22 seconds on that stage, retaining the leader's jersey by a slim 10 seconds margin over Henao. He also won 2 stages and the points classification of the race.[11]

He also had a solid 5th place finish in the 2012 Vuelta a España, where he helped his leader Joaquim Rodriguez in the mountain stages. Rodriguez took the third step of the podium.[12]

In 2013, Moreno won the World Tour race La Flèche Wallonne, after following an attack initiated by Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) on the final climb, the Mur de Huy. He passed Gilbert and Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) to grab the victory.[13] He later continued the good form into the Criterium du Dauphine where he finished 3rd overall. At the Vuelta a Espana, he won stage 4 and 9 and he ended up finishing 10th overall.

Palmares[edit]

2003
10th GP Ciudad de Vigo
2004
6th Overall Tour of Britain
2005
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia - Clasica de Ordizia
6th Clasica Ciclista a los Puertos
2006
2nd Overall Volta ao Alentejo
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Clasica a Alcobendas
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
4th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia - Clasica de Ordizia
4th Subida al Naranco
7th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
2007
1st Escalada a Montjuïc
1st Stage 5 Tour de San Luis
1st Stage 4 La Vuelta a Chihuahua
2nd Overall Clasica a Alcobendas y Collado Villalba
3rd Clasica Ciclista a los Puertos
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
7th GP Llodio
7th Overall Vuelta por un Chile Lider
2008
1st Stage 1 Euskal Bizikleta
6th Overall Vuelta a la Rioja
9th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
12th Overall Vuelta a España
2009
1st Stage 4 La Vuelta a Chihuahua
2nd Japan Cup
2nd Giro del Piemonte
2nd Overall Tour of Poland
6th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
7th Subida al Naranco
10th GP Miguel Indurain
11th Overall Vuelta a España
2010
8th Clasica de Almeria
10th Brabantse Pijl
2011
1st Giro del Piemonte
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a España
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 4
2nd Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
8th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Trofeo Deià
2012
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Points classification
1st GP Miguel Indurain
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stages 2 & 7
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a Andalucía
5th Overall Vuelta a España
2013
1st La Flèche Wallonne
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Milano–Torino
4th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
6th Giro di Lombardia
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 4 & 9
Held Jersey red.svg after Stage 9
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 4–5, 8–13
Held Jersey white.svg after Stage 9
2014
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
3rd Milano-Torino
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Amstel Gold Race
9th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Overall Tour of Oman

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 26 29 20 41
Yellow jersey Tour 21 17
red jersey Vuelta 36 12 12 11 9 5 10 11

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

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