Rein Taaramäe and Odd Christian Eiking to start in European Championships road race after Vuelta success
Sep 09 2021 10:29 pm CET

Rein Taaramäe and Odd Christian Eiking to start in European Championships road race after Vuelta success
Rein Taaramäe and Odd Christian Eiking to start in European Championships road race after Vuelta success
2021 UEC Road European Championships - Trentino

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert has confirmed that Rein Taaramäe and Odd Christian Eiking will start in the road race of the European Championships on September 12.

The race will be 179.2 kilometres long with a start and finish in Trento, Italy, over a route that includes three steep climbs in the first 60 kilometres, which are followed by a rolling route. The two Red jersey wearers from the Belgian team -Taaramäe and Eiking- have been selected by their respective countries, Estonia and Norway, to start in the race.

"After a fantastic Vuelta, I'm feeling happy and ambitious for the European Championships," said Taaramäe. "I can prepare them in a relaxed way, because I'm in a really good shape but not among the main favourites for the title. Our Estonian team is conscious about its capacities, so we'll have to adapt our race to the favourite nations and use our intelligence.

"It is difficult to predict the race scenario, but I guess the strong teams will wait until the final 30 kilometers to make a selection. Most of them line up with fast riders, so a group sprint is the most probable outcome. I achieved my best result in an international championship on a comparable circuit, in Richmond. I took 14th place in a sprint with a reduced peloton. My preparation was perfect, and I'm feeling better day by day after the Vuelta, so I can see no reason why I wouldn't be able to surprise!"

"I'm looking forward to doing the recon of the parcours on Saturday, because apparently it suits me well," added Eiking. "Different race scenarios are possible, but one thing is sure: we'll have to be attentive from the beginning of the race, because riders like Pogacar can make the peloton explode from the first race half. This might not be a problem for our strong Norwegian team, because we've got several cards to play.

"I'll have a free role, next to our leader, Alexander Kristoff. I have to admit that I'm still feeling tired after the Vuelta, because I really dug deep the last couple of weeks. But I'm confident that this feeling will change quickly and that I'll be able to rely on the legs which offered me the 11th place in the general classification in the Vuelta!"
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