Rubén Plaza

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Rubén Plaza
Plaza TDF 2010 Cambrai.JPG
Plaza at the 2010 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full name Rubén Plaza Molina
Born (1980-02-29) 29 February 1980 (age 34)
Ibi, Spain
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 77 kg (12 st 2 lb)
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2001–2003
2004–2006
2007
2008
2009
2010–
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2003, 2009)
Vuelta a España, 1 stage
Vuelta a Castilla y León (2013)
Infobox last updated on
3 January 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Plaza and the second or maternal family name is Molina.

Rubén Plaza Molina (born 29 February 1980 in Ibi) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for Movistar Team.[1] He turned professional in 2001 with iBanesto.com, before moving to Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme. Here he enjoyed his greatest success, with a stage win and a top 5 overall placing in the 2005 Vuelta a España.

In 2006 he was implicated in the Operación Puerto doping scandal, but was later acquitted of any involvement. Nevertheless, after an abridged 2007 season with Caisse d'Epargne he spent 2008 and 2009 with smaller Continental level teams in Portugal. Despite this, in 2009 he was able to take his second victory in the Spanish national championships, before finishing 4th overall in the Volta a Portugal, a result which was later upgraded to 3rd by the disqualification of his Liberty Seguros teammate Nuno Ribeiro for a doping violation.[2] The simultaneous positive tests of two of the team's other riders caused the team to disband, leaving Plaza without a ride for 2010. Despite being linked to the Astana team, Plaza returned to Caisse d'Epargne, the signing made official in December 2009.[3]

Palmarès[edit]

1997
1st MaillotEspaña.PNG National Under-19 Road Race Championships
2003
1st MaillotEspaña.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 5 Regio-Tour
2004
1st Stage 5 (ITT) Trofeú Joaquim Agostinho
3rd Trofeo Cala Millor
4th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
6th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
10th Circuito de Getxo
2005
1st Overall GP Internacional Costa Azul
1st Stage 2
1st Overall Vuelta a Aragón
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Murcia
3rd National Time Trial Championships
4th World Time Trial Championships
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 20 (ITT)
5th Klasika Primavera
6th Overall Critérium International
2006
1st Clásica a los Puertos de Guadarrama
2nd Overall Vuelta a La Rioja
2nd National Time Trial Championships
4th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
1st Stage 5
4th Overall Trofeú Joaquim Agostinho
1st Stage 1
2007
1st Overall Vuelta a la Rioja
4th Overall Clasica a Alcobendas
5th Overall Euskal Bizikleta
10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2008
1st Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
2nd National Time Trial Championships
3rd Overall Volta a Portugal
1st Prologue (ITT)
9th Overall Volta ao Algarve
2009
1st MaillotEspaña.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 2 GP CTT Correios de Portugal
2nd Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 4
3rd Overall Volta ao Algarve
3rd Overall Volta a Portugal
1st Stage 6[a]
3rd National Time Trial Championships
4th Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 3
2010
3rd National Time Trial Championships
11th Overall Tour de France
14th Overall Vuelta a España
2012
10th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
2013
1st Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 3
3rd National Time Trial Championships
4th Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
6th Overall Route du Sud
9th Overall Vuelta a Asturias

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 11 101 47
golden jersey Vuelta 5 14

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The original winner, Eladio Jiménez, was later suspended for use of EPO and testosterone. The victory was awarded to Plaza, who had originally finished second.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Rubén Plaza at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alejandro Valverde
Spanish National Road Race Champion
2009
Succeeded by
José Ivan Gutierrez