If you were watching the Tour de Suisse on Wednesday, you’ll have seen Jesus Herrada riding near the front of the peloton, indulging in a spot of face-pulling, as Movistar led home the pack in the final kilometres – preserving the leader’s jersey for Rui Costa on stage 5, 192.7km from Trimbach t0 Gansingen. At 21, Jesus is the baby of the team, which he joined last year after stellar results in the junior and espoir ranks. He’s a double national junior and U23 time-trial champion.
Meanwhile, his brother Jose – five years older – who finished fourth in last year’s Route du Sud while riding for Caja Rural, competes in this year’s race in Movistar colours. Yes, the boys have realised a much cherished ambition to ride together on the same team.
Jose’s arrival at Movistar continues the team’s long-held tradition of recuiting brothers, such as Michael and Pruden Indurain, Julian and Ruben Gorospe, Mikel and Inigo Zarrabeitia, Herminio and Peter Diaz Zabala, Aitor and Unia Osa plus the French Portal brothers, Nicolas and Sebastien. [Plenty of fodder there for future Cycling families posts! – Ed]
The brothers, who hail from Mota del Cuervo in La Mancha, central Spain, were inspired by their father’s love of cycling and their elder brother Fernando, who still competes locally. While their careers have taken different trajectories – Jesus’s being meteroic and Jose’s one of steady progression – they’re now delighted to be able to both train and race together. I sense from interviews the boys have given, that the elder will be a calming influence on the younger one!
Jose started his professional career in 2006 with Vina Magna-Cropu– along with future teammate, and Kitty favourite, Andrey Amador – before respectively joining Contentpolis-Ampo and then pro continental squad, Caja Rural. While his performances have not perhaps been as spectacular as his kid brother’s, he has a very solid palmares with plenty of podiums and nearly 30 top-ten placings. He recently rode his first Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia, where he finish fifth on stage 16 after being part of that day’s breakaway. Jose’s a good all-rounder, equally at home on a time-trial bike as he is in the high mountains. Expect to see him in this year’s Vuelta riding in support of Movistar’s lead rider.