A double victory for Pinarello: both Movistar and Sky Team won the respective national championships last weekend. A great result and promising for the 98th Tour de France that will start Saturday.
In Spain Jose' Joaquin Rojas surprisingly took the victory for one second over the eve’s favourite Contador. A winning sprint after 196 km and a five-hour-race, on the finishing line of Castellon. The two arrived together at the end, outdistancing everybody on the last climb to Alto del Desierto de Las Palmas; here the “murcian” confirm he is really in good shape, as he showed during the last Tour of Switzerland.
"This has been a really emotive victory – said Rojas - It seems like we're having a streak of bud luck with all all disgraces suffered, but we're still taking really important success. This one can only be dedicated for those two people: Xavi Tondo, who will surely feel happy up there, and Mauricio Soler, still recovering from his crash in Switzerland. I have always said I wasn't only a sprinter, I feel more like a rider for one-day races like today's, and I hope to keep improving this way.
In the meantime in the United Kingdom another Dogma Pinarello was crossing first a finishing line, the one of Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky’s capitan and from now on English National Champion. As Rojas, Wiggins his good form, he won the Criuterium du Dauphine earlier this month. The 31-year-old, who had also been three times British time trial champion, this time was able to leave everybody behind and cross alone the finishing line after 122 miles. It’s also an historical hat trick for the team, that conquered all the podium, with Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh following Wiggins.