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Rojas says he was stunned when a motorcycle approached him and told him his tour was over:- “I could not believe it, so I ignored him and kept going. I was in a super comfortable situation, because for the last forty or so kilometres, had done nothing to justify my dismissal and so I decided to finish up the climb and complete the stage.”
In his nine seasons as a professional rider from Murcia, this is the first time he has been kicked out of a race. “It hurts, because I’ve always had a sporting and professional behaviour. Because this season I had to come back from two crashes and recovering took a lot more effort to get ready for tour conditions. Being expelled three days before the end for ‘the benefit of slipstreaming cars going downhill’, I honestly think it’s an injustice."