Rein Taaramae (EST)
At 22, Taaramaë made himself a name on the slopes of the Grand Colombier, grabbing a victory at the Tour de l'Ain GC in 2009. Two years later, he finished eleventh overall of the Tour de France, and won a prestigious stage at the Vuelta a España atop Lagos de Somiedo, ahead of the favorites. A fighter at heart, he was able to add to his flowery record a success in the Tour of Italy in 2016, following yet another breakaway in the mountains. With Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, he now aims to become one of the few riders who have won a stage in each of the three Grand Tours. The solid experience of the six-time Estonian champion (two road titles and four time trials) is well established: 2021 will be his thirteenth professional season.