Rodríguez in 2011
|Full name||Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver|
May 12, 1979 |
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)|
|Current team||Team Katusha|
Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
|Infobox last updated on
23 February 2014
Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver (born May 12, 1979) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He has been competing since 2001, and currently rides for the UCI ProTeam Team Katusha. His notable results in Grand Tours include ten stage victories, second place overall in the 2012 Giro d'Italia, third place in the general classification of the Vuelta a España in both 2010 and 2012 and third place in the 2013 Tour de France. He also finished first of the UCI world rankings in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and won classics such as the Flèche Wallonne and the Giro di Lombardia twice. He also won stage races including the 2010 Volta a Catalunya and the 2011 Vuelta a Burgos.
Personal life and early career
Rodríguez was born in Barcelona, the son of an amateur rider in the 1960s, and later lived in Parets del Vallès. Some years later he moved to the Basque country to ride for Iberdrola, an amateur team associated to the professional cycling team ONCE-Eroski.
His nickname in the professional peloton is Purito, Spanish for little cigar, a name he was given in an early season training camp during his first year as a professional with ONCE-Eroski. When some of his teammates stepped up the pace on a small climb, he passed them making a hand gesture appearing to be smoking a cigar, suggesting he was climbing without much effort. The gesture was not welcomed by his teammates, who made him smoke a real cigar as a hazing ritual later in the evening.
In 2001 he turned professional with ONCE-Eroski after riding for the team in late 2000 as a stagiaire. In 2001, during his first season as a professional, he won the Escalada a Montjuïc, a race held in Barcelona. In 2003 he won the sixth stage of the Paris–Nice, while he also won team time trials with ONCE-Eroski at the Volta a Catalunya and Vuelta a España.
Saunier Duval-Prodir (2004–2005)
In 2004 he joined Saunier Duval-Prodir and won the Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme, a stage race held in Catalonia. The following year he won Subida a Urkiola and the Mountains classification of the Vuelta a España, while he finished second in the Clásica de San Sebastián and the Vuelta a Burgos.
Caisse d'Epargne (2006–2009)
After joining Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears in 2006, he won the fifth stage of the Paris–Nice. In 2007 he became the Spanish road race champion and also won the Klasika Primavera and Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia. In 2008 he won a stage to Montelupone at the third stage of Tirreno–Adriatico atop a 1.7 kilometers climb with sections over 20% in gradients which had many cyclists coming in after him get off and run while carrying their bikes or zig-zag up the climb since it was so steep, but he was one of the few who powered up the difficulty while riding a straight line. He also finished eight at the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Later in the season he finished sixth in the Vuelta a España. In 2009 he repeated his stage victory at Montelupone, in the Tirreno–Adriatico, while he ended second in the Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The second half of the season was marked by a stage win at the Vuelta a Burgos, a seventh place in the overall classification of the Vuelta a España and a bronze medal in the World Championships road race in Mendrisio.
In 2010 he joined the Russian team Team Katusha, which guaranteed him a position at the Tour de France and a leading role in certain races throughout the season. Early in the season Rodríguez won the Volta a Catalunya, the UCI ProTour race held around Catalonia, and later won the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain and a stage at the Vuelta al País Vasco, where he eventually finished third. He also ended second behind Cadel Evans in the Flèche Wallonne. At the Tour de France he won the stage to Mende, which featured an uphill finish to the Côte de la Croix Neuve, with the finish line at the runway of the Mende Aerodrome. Rodríguez finished eight at the Tour de France. He continued his strong performance during the season with a fifth place at the Clásica de San Sebastián and a fourth place at the overall classification of the Vuelta a España, winning the stage to Peña Cabarga. Rodríguez topped the UCI World Ranking at the end of the season.
In 2011 he won a stage at the Vuelta al País Vasco and finished second behind Philippe Gilbert at both the Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. He later finished fifth at the Giro d'Italia and won the stages to Le Collet d’Allevard and La Toussuire in the Critérium du Dauphiné, where he won the points and mountains classifications and finished fifth overall. He skipped the Tour de France to concentrate on the races at the end of the season, mainly the Vuelta a España, where he was considered a possible candidate for winning the race. He started the second half of the season by finishing fourth at the Clásica de San Sebastián and winning the overall classification and a stage at the Vuelta a Burgos. He started the Vuelta with stage victories at Valdepeñas de Jaén and San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where he captured the leader's jersey, but soon faded and eventually finished the race nineteenth overall. He ended the season with a third place at the Giro di Lombardia.
On 18 April 2012, he won La Flèche Wallonne in Belgium with a superb climb on the Mur de Huy and finished second in the Tour of the Basque Country. Rodríguez took his good form into the Giro d'Italia where he won two stages and finished second overall to Canadian Ryder Hesjedal. He was always competitive with the general classification contenders in the high mountains, and held the maglia rosa coming in to the final Individual Time Trial, where he lost 47 seconds to Hesjedal, therefore losing the overall lead by 16 seconds. However, he won the points classification jersey, with a slim lead of one point (139 to 138) over Mark Cavendish.
On the Vuelta a España, Rodriguez almost took the win on stage 3, but Alejandro Valverde popped up on his right to steal the victory in a photo finish, and snatched the red jersey. On the next stage, a big crash occurred involving Valverde. Rodriguez took the lead in the overall classification, arriving to destination with the remnants of the bunch atop the climb of the Orduña. He took the sixth stage, the majority of it was flat but the riders had to tackle with two Category 3 climbs near the conclusion, the line being situated atop the last one, the Fuerte del Rapitán in Jaca. With 500 m (1,600 ft) remaining, Chris Froome launched an attack which only Rodriguez could follow, before passing the Team Sky rider and grabbing both the victory and the twelve seconds bonus. The scenario repeated itself on stage 12, where Rodriguez escaped from the lead group with Alberto Contador in the final difficulty of the day, the very steep climb Mirador de Ézaro. The pair broke away in a section that had a gradient approaching 20%, and Rodriguez soon powered away from Contador to take his second stage of the Vuelta with an eight second margin over the Spaniard. On the mountainous stage 14, Rodriguez played the same trick on Contador again on the final climb, with Contador attacking with two kilometers to go and looking very likely to take the victory. Rodriguez got back to him, his rival attacked again and Rodriguez surged ahead to take the win. Disaster struck for him on stage 17, where Contador slipped into a breakaway and went on to win the stage solo, as Rodriguez could not respond and was relegated to third place overall. Despite his attacks on the penultimate stage in the steep climb of Bola del Mondo, Rodriguez could not improve his third placing although he gained some time on Contador.
Rodriguez went in Italy to compete in the Giro di Lombardia, where he had the opportunity to take the first place in the 2012 UCI World Tour detained by Bradley Wiggins. He did exactly that by winning the race under heavy rain and temperatures oscillating around 10 °C (50 °F). He attacked on the final difficulty of the day, the Villa Vergano climb. He arrived at the top of the difficulty alone and descended to Lecco, claiming the victory with a gap of 9 seconds.
In 2013, Rodriguez started his season winning stage 4 in the Tour of Oman, where he ended up finishing fourth overall. He later won stage five of the Tirreno–Adriatico and went on to finish fifth overall, after following an attack from Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali on stage 6 and gaining time on his rivals. Rodríguez rode the Volta a Catalunya and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, where at both races he finished second behind Dan Martin. Rodríguez later aimed for a high finish in the Tour de France.
In the Tour, Rodríguez had a quiet start and after the first time trial on stage 11, Rodriguez was eleventh overall, over five minutes behind the race leader. Rodríguez picked up his form on stage 15 in which he finished fourth on Mont Ventoux, moving him into the top ten. He later finished third on the uphill time trial stage. On stage 18, he moved into the top five after finishing fifth on Alpe d'Huez, gaining a minute on race leader Chris Froome. On the mountainous stage 20 to Annecy-Semnoz, he finished second behind Nairo Quintana. However, Rodríguez managed to move into a podium position in the final general classification after gaining over a minute over Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger.
After the Tour de France, he took a long break and then came as the leader of Katusha at the start of the 2013 Vuelta a España, a race he twice finished on the podium in the past. One of the favorites at the start of the race, Rodríguez won the 19th stage and finished fourth in the overall classification, more than three minutes behind winner Chris Horner. Afterwards, he raced the World Championships, where he came short of winning the rainbow jersey, after being caught by eventual winner Rui Costa in the last kilometer. One week later, Rodríguez took revenge for his defeat at the Giro di Lombardia, winning for the second consecutive year with a perfectly timed attack on the Villa Vergano climb.
- 1st Escalada a Montjuïc
- 3rd Subida a Urkiola
- 1st Stage 8 Vuelta a España
- 1st Stage 6 Paris–Nice
- 1st Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
- 1st Mountains classification Vuelta a España
- 1st Subida a Urkiola
- 2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- 2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
- 1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice
- 1st National Road Race Championships
- 1st Klasika Primavera
- 1st GP Villafranca de Ordizia
- 1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
- 6th Overall Vuelta a España
- 8th Amstel Gold Race
- 8th La Flèche Wallonne
- 8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Burgos
- 2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 3rd World Road Race Championships
- 7th Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Overall UCI World Ranking
- 1st Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 1st GP Miguel Indurain
- 1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
- 2nd La Flèche Wallonne
- 3rd Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Stage 14
- 5th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 7th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 12
- 1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- Vuelta a España
- 1st Stages 5 & 8
- 1st Stage 1 Tour of the Basque Country
- 2nd Amstel Gold Race
- 2nd La Flèche Wallonne
- 3rd Giro di Lombardia
- 4th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 1st Overall UCI World Tour
- 1st La Flèche Wallonne
- 1st Giro di Lombardia
- 2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Points classification
- 1st Stages 10 & 17
- 2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Stages 4 & 5
- 3rd Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Stages 6, 12 & 14
- 6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 6
- 8th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 1st Overall UCI World Tour
- 1st Giro di Lombardia
- 2nd World Road Race Championships
- 2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 3rd Overall Tour de France
- 4th Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Stage 19
- 4th Overall Tour of Oman
- 1st Stage 4
- 5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 5
- 6th La Flèche Wallonne
- 4th Overall Tour of Oman
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
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