José Rujano

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rujano and the second or maternal family name is Guillen.
José Rujano

Rujano at the 2012 Giro d'Italia.
Personal information
Full name José Humberto Rujano Guillen
Nickname El Águila de Mérida, Jojo
Born (1982-02-18) 18 February 1982
Santa Cruz de Mora, Venezuela
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)
Team information
Current team Multi Repuestos Bosa
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Amateur team(s)
2009 Gobernación del Zulia
2010 Gobernación del Zulia
2014 Boyacá se Atreve
2015 Gobernación de Mérida
2015 Coordinadora–FundaRujano
2016 Multi Repuestos Bosa
Professional team(s)
2003–2006 Colombia–Selle Italia
2006 Quick-Step–Innergetic
2008 Caisse d'Epargne
2011–2012 Androni Giocattoli
2013 Vacansoleil–DCM
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
Mountains classification (2005)
3 individual stages (2005, 2011)

Stage races

Tour de Langkawi (2010)
Vuelta a Colombia (2009)
Vuelta al Táchira (2004, 2005, 2010, 2015)
Vuelta a Venezuela (2009)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2007, 2009, 2013)
Infobox last updated on
21 November 2016

José Humberto Rujano Guillen (born 18 February 1982) is a Venezuelan road bicycle racer who competed professionally between 2003 and 2013, and currently rides for the Multi Repuestos Bosa amateur team.


Born in Santa Cruz de Mora, Mérida, Rujano made his debut in the professional peloton in 2003 with the Colombia–Selle Italia team. In 2005 Rujano had his best year to date, finishing third in the Giro d'Italia and winning the mountains classification. In 2006 he left the Colombia-Selle Italia team for Quick Step and he moved to the Spanish ProTour team Caisse d'Epargne in 2008. His results were not up to the expectations of team leaders, who did not renew his contract at the end of the season. In 2010, Rujano joined the Italian Professional Continental team ISD-Neri.[1] He was not selected for the Giro d'Italia, his main objective for the season, so he left the team in May and returned to Venezuela.[2]

At the end of 2010, Rujano signed a contract for two years with the Italian team Androni Giocattoli, directed by Gianni Savio who said that he "believed in his talent" and wanted "to revive his career." Rujano was recruited at the same time as the Italian climber Emanuele Sella, Savio referring to giving these two riders a "last chance".[3]

His main objective for 2011 was the Giro d'Italia, and especially its mountain stages.[4] He lived up to his objectives since he prevailed on 2 mountain stages in the race: stage 9 from Messina to Etna after original winner Alberto Contador was removed from the rankings due to a doping affair[5] and stage 13[6] from Spilimbergo to Grossglockner, while finishing sixth in the overall classification.

In the 2012 Giro d'Italia, Rujano pulled out of the race, reportedly suffering from mononucleosis.[7]

Rujano left Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela at the end of 2012, and joined Vacansoleil–DCM for the 2013 season.[8] Rujano reportedly retired during the 2013 season,[9] but later in the season, he backtracked from his retirement and remained within the professional fold after terminating his contract with Vacansoleil–DCM.[10]

Career achievements

Major results

3rd Overall Vuelta al Táchira
1st Stage 13
1st Stage 4 Clásico RCN
1st Overall Vuelta al Táchira
1st Mountains classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Stages 5 & 13 (ITT)
3rd Overall Vuelta a Venezuela
1st Young rider classification
1st Overall Vuelta al Táchira
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 6, 7 & 13 (ITT)
1st Overall Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes
1st Points classification
1st Stages 4, 7 & 8 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour de Langkawi
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Mountains classification
1st Combativity classification
1st Stage 19
3rd Giro d'Oro
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
7th Giro dell'Appennino
1st National Time Trial Championships
5th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
6th Overall Deutschland Tour
6th Subida Urkiola
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stages 6, 8, 10 & 14 (ITT)
1st Overall Vuelta a Venezuela
1st Stages 8 & 9
9th Overall Vuelta al Táchira
1st Stages 7, 10 & 11 (ITT)
1st Overall Vuelta al Táchira
1st Stage 8 (ITT)
1st Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 6
1st Stage 7 Vuelta a Venezuela
3rd Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stage 9
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
5th Giro dell'Appennino
6th Overall Giro d'Italia[lower-alpha 1]
1st Stages 9[lower-alpha 1] & 13
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
9th Overall Vuelta a Venezuela
2nd Overall Tour de Langkawi
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
9th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st National Time Trial Championships
2nd National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Vuelta al Táchira
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 6
2nd National Time Trial Championships
6th Pan American Time Trial Championships
7th Overall Vuelta a Colombia
Pan American Championships
6th Road race
10th Individual time trial

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Pink jersey Giro 3 WD - 49 - - 6 WD
Yellow jersey Tour - WD - - - - - -
golden jersey Vuelta - - - - - - - -

WD = withdrew


  1. 1 2 Rujano was promoted one position retroactively, after Alberto Contador's results were disqualified following his backdated two-year ban in February 2012.[11]


  1. José Rujano I'm the third best climber in the world
  2. Rujano leaves Neri-ISD, returns to Venezuela
  3. Androni Giocattoli gamble on Rujano and Sella for 2011
  4. Rujano returns to Androni Giocattoli
  5. "Who 'wins' after Contador ban". Velo News. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  6. "José Rujano wins Grossglockner stage as Alberto Contador extends his lead". Velo News. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  7. Shane Stokes (1 June 2012). "Rujano claims mononucleosis is reason for Giro withdrawal". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  8. "Vacansoleil unveils 2013 jersey". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  9. "Rujano retires from pro cycling". Future plc. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  10. "José Rujano and Vacansoleil-DCM separate ways in good consultation". Vacansoleil–DCM. Vacansoleil Eindhoven. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  11. "New winners emerge from Contador's suspension". Immediate Media Company. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
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