Jose Joaquin Rojas is the new Spanish national road race champion

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Five years after taking his first title, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) conquered his second Spanish Road Race Championships by riding to a rare solo win in Cocenteina. 

The 2016 edition of the Spanish Championships were held on a 32.4km circuit around the city of Cocenteina. The loop included a tough climb right from the start and then several smaller ascents in the first half. The second part was mainly descending but had a small climb just 3.7km from the finish. From there, it was a gradual rise all the way to the line. The circuit was covered six times for an overall distance of 194.4km.

Having bridged across to a two-rider break, Jose Joaquin Rojas dropped his companions with a attack in the last 8 kilometers  and held off Angel Vicioso (Katusha) and Jordi Simon (Verva) to take home the coveted champion’s jersey.

National Championships Spain 2016 – Road Race results:

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Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

 
2 Angel Vicioso (Katusha)

+07”

3 Jordi Simon (Verva ActiveJet)

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4 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+13”

5 Jesus Herrada (Movistar)

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6 Vicente García de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loule)

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7 Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

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8 Francisco Ventoso (Movistar)

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9 Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)

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10 Angel Madrazo (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

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