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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 has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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