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"It is very likely that I will ride the 2015 Giro d'Italia. With my return to the pinnacle of the sport, I will highlight Venezuela and why not be competitive against riders like  Quintana, Froome and Contador."

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22.01.2015 @ 18:52 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Having recently won the Vuelta al Tachira for the fourth time, José Rujano is currently celebrating the victory in Venezuela. However, he is also negotiating a move to a foreign team to contest the 2015 Giro d'Italia, a race in which the tiny climber has achieved his best results as a professional. "I feel the rebirth of my career has come," he says.

 

Rujano, 32, wants to benefit from his fourth victory in Táchira (2003, 2004, 2010 and 2014) to return to Europe. "Currently I have conversations with some foreign teams. I have also met with the Ministry of Sport to discuss my sporting future. It is very likely that I will ride the 2015 Giro d'Italia. With my return to the pinnacle of the sport, I will highlight Venezuela and why not be competitive against riders like  Quintana, Froome and Contador. I feel that the rebirth of my career has come," he told several media in his home country.

 

If Rujano fails to return to Europe, he has a plan B of returning to Mexico and Colombia. “If I don’t get a contract to ride in Italy, I will do the Vuelta a Mexico and return to Colombia to seek my second win in the Vuelta. And of course I will do the Venezuelan calendar to be close to my people.”

 

Rujano feels rejuvenated "At 32 I feel like a 20-year-old, I'm ready. My future will be much more successful than my past, and bring joy to all my people of Venezuela, Mérida and of course Santa Cruz de Mora.”

 

Rujano caught the attention in the 2005 Giro d'Italia, where he finished third behind Savoldelli and Simoni, and won the mountains jersey and three stages. His last international success was also in the Giro when he won two stages and finished 6th in 2011. He has been riding for Colombia-Selle Italia (2003-2006), Quick Step (2006), Unibet (2007), Caisse d'Epargne (2008), ISD-Neri (2010), Androni (2011-2012) and Vacansoleil (2013).

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