Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans announces its first recruitment for next season 2021. Rein Taaramäe committed himself for two years to the Belgian team. The multiple Estonian champion has proven himself in the mountains by winning the Tour de l’Ain (2009), the Tour of Burgos (2015) and the Tour of Slovenia (2016). The rider from Tartu, who also lives in Monaco, also won stages in grand tours, in the Vuelta (2011) and in the Giro (2016). The Estonian climber who currently defends the colors of Total Direct Energie took 3rd places in 2019 in the Tour de l’Ain and at the Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges.
Rein Taaramäe :
« I've ridden in a World Tour Team for three years, with Astana and with Katusha, but my best years were in Pro Continental teams, because the programmes suit me better. I know the French, Russian, Kazakh, ... teams very well, but I was never part of a Belgian team. I'm eager to discover this magic environment with a true cycling culture, between classics and grand champions. I'm also looking forward to do my first pedal strokes with the Cube Litening C:68X, a bike in the peloton which I've always admired. »
« The choice for Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans was quickly made and obvious. The programme is perfect for me, with a combination of World Tour races in which I aim for stage victories or good results and Europe Tour events in which I target the final victory. I'm already 33 years old, but I'm motivated like never before. I will also join a group with a lot of young climbers with who I want to share my experience. I've always loved to guide young riders and to help them progress, so I'm happy to arrive in this group full of talents who still need to flourish. Also, I'm ready to help Odd Eiking and Simone Petilli when the road goes up. »
Jean-François Bourlart (Manager général) :
« Rein Taaramäe is an important reinforcing for our group of climbers. At the age of 33 he can bring his experience to the group of young riders, like Alexander Evans, Jérémy Bellicaud and Théo Delacroix. But next to his role as a captain, Rein is still able to achieve nice results in mountainous races. So he is a new asset in our team. »