Eider Merino Photo
Place: Balmaseda, Vizcaya
Birth: 02/08/1994
Country: ESP
Height: 154 Cm
Weight: 40 Kg
Pro debut: 2013
Career path:

2013-2017: Lointek

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Eider Merino

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.

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Palmares

12 Victories as professional

1st (4th stage) Tour de l'Ardèche 2018
1st Spanish RR Championship 2018
1st Balmaseda (Spanish Cup) 2018
1st (1st stage) Volta a València 2017
1st Berriatua (Torneo Euskaldun) 2017
1st San Martzial Igoera (Torneo Euskaldun) (ITT) 2017
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2017
1st GP Muniadona (Spanish Cup) 2017
1st Trofeo Ría de Marín (Spanish Cup) 2015
1st Bembibre (Spanish Cup) 2014
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Results
2018

46 Days of Racing
4599.1 Km covered

1st (4th stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Balmasedako Emakumeen Saria
1st Spanish Championships RR
2nd Trofeo CC Tafallés
2nd
3rd Tour de l'Ardèche
4th (9th stage) Giro Rosa
5th Premio Ayuntamiento de Sopela
6th Campeonato de Bizkaia
7th Vuelta a Burgos
7th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
8th Classique Morbihan
8th Mediterranean Games
8th Giro Rosa
9th Gran Premio Muniadona
9th Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria
9th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
10th (1st stage) Vuelta a Burgos
10th (5th stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
11th (6th stage) Giro Rosa
11th (10th stage) Giro Rosa
11th (6th stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
13th Vuelta a Murcia
14th (4th stage) Emakumeen Euskal Bira
15th (7th stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
16th Trofeo Ciudad de Caspe
16th Emakumeen Euskal Bira
17th (1st stage) Emakumeen Euskal Bira
18th (3rd stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
18th (7th stage) Giro Rosa
20th Trofeo Villa de Noja
20th Setmana Valenciana
22th (1st stage) Setmana Valenciana
23th (5th stage) Giro Rosa
23th (4th stage) Setmana Valenciana
25th La Course
26th (8th stage) Giro Rosa
27th (2nd stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
28th GP Plouay
34th World Championships
36th GP Plumelec
41th Trofeo Roldán
42th (3rd stage) Emakumeen Euskal Bira
53th (2nd stage) Giro Rosa
56th (1st stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
57th (2nd stage) Emakumeen Euskal Bira
59th (3rd stage) Setmana Valenciana
63th (4th stage) Giro Rosa
64th (2nd stage) Setmana Valenciana
84th (3rd stage) Giro Rosa
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