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"She said yes!" Vuelta rider proposes to girlfriend during final stage

A romantic moment as Jesus Ezquerra popped the question on way into Madrid

We don’t know how suspicious Soraya, the girlfriend of BH-Burgos rider Jesus Ezquerra, may have been when she was offered a place in the team car for today’s final stage of the Vuelta a Espana.

What we do know, is that when the 28-year-old rider from Santander pulled up alongside the car to pop the question, happily, she said ‘yes’ – and what’s more, the moment was captured by the TV cameras.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a marriage proposal at a major bike race. In 2011, Johan van Summeren popped the question to his then girlfriend moments after winning Paris-Roubaix – you can see them about to embrace after his victory in the background of the picture below.

Paris-Roubaix 2011: Race for 7th as Van Summeren celebrates © Simon MacMichael.jpg

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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