- Place: Balmaseda, Vizcaya
- Birth: 02/08/1994
- Country: ESP
- Height: 154 Cm
- Weight: 40 Kg
- Pro debut: 2013
- Career path:
AMONGST THE BEST IN THE WORLD. Only an injury in the isquion during the Volta a València and some health problems in the late part of the season broke Eider Merino’s momentum last year as the Basque rider took no less than five victories: Muniadona (Spanish Cup), the GC of the Vuelta a Burgos, the San Martzial hillclimb TT, the Berriatua leg of the Basque Torneo Euskaldun and a stage in Valencia. The best result, however, came at the Emakumeen Euskal Bira, where she placed 4th in the overall classification and contested the toughest finishes within some of the world’s best climbers -coming 7th across the line of San Miguel de Aralar-.
FEATHERWEIGHT. Younger sister of pro Igor Merino, this graduate in Chemical Science shines on the ascents with the strong power of her tiny legs (weighing just 40kg, she’s the lighest rider of the team and one of the smallest climbers in the entire peloton). 2018 is likely to become a breakthrough season for her, after spending her entire sporting career -nine seasons- in the ranks of the Sociedad Ciclista Ugeraga and team Lointek, where she was also a pupil of Jorge Sanz.
AGAINST THE WIND. Those same physical abilities also determine the point which Eider wishes to improve more in this new adventure. “Races on flat terrain, on wind-exposed roads, with cobblestones and high speeds all over, are the hardest thing for me at this point. Coming into such an important project as the Movistar Team’s means you’ve got to improve and work on every aspect, and we will take our best efforts.” Surely she will have chances to race some good international events to become even more of an allrounder.
Despite being such a light rider, Eider doesn’t fear time trials. “I’m a girl with good stamina and I know how to manage my energy. The longer a TT is, the better for me.” Actually, her overall victory in the Vuelta a Burgos was cemented on a 15km ITT where she only lost 11″ to Lourdes Oyarbide, the current Spanish champion – and put 4″ on Gloria Rodríguez, a specialist in track racing.