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Portrait ofEider Merino
Place: Balmaseda, Vizcaya
Birth: 02/08/1994
Country: ESP
Height: 154 Cm
Weight: 40 Kg
Pro debut: 2013
Years in team: 2
Career path:

2018-2019: Movistar Team
2013-2017: Lointek

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Eider Merino

OUR FIRST SPANISH CHAMPION. The first-ever Spanish champion’s jersey with the Movistar ‘M’ written on it was worn by Eider Merino. The diminutive rider from Balmaseda (Vizcaya) made her legend even bigger in Culla, in June 2018, with an exhibition alongside team-mate Gloria Rodríguez, 2nd. “Without Gloria, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this success. I feel this victory is more hers than mine,” said the new national champ after taking gold following a 100+ kilometer breakaway with the Murcia native.

FEATHERWEIGHT. 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 was a breakthrough season for her, after her entire career -nine seasons- prior to joining the Blue team was covered with the Sociedad Ciclista Ugeraga and the Lointek team, where she was also directed by Jorge Sanz. She came victorious at her home Spanish Series race in Balmaseda and, most notably, at the Queen stage of the Tour de l’Ardèche, finishing atop Mont Serein -the ski resort next to the Mont Ventoux-.

FINDING THE WAY. Health problems have, however, kept Merino from shining to the level she actually deserved. And one couldn’t probably feel so if not told when looking at her 2019 results. She finished 3rd overall in Ardèche, 4th at the Setmana Valenciana, 9th in the Bira, 16th in the Giro Rosa, 4th at both Spanish RR and ITT champs + winner of the Basque local races of Gorla and Zaldibar. However, Eider wants more: she aims to really excel, leaving the self-imposed pressure behind, make the ones around her happy and rise to the top. Certainly, she won’t lack legs and energy.

 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.” She showed it again at the Spanish ITT Champs in Castellón, claiming an astonishing silver medal ahead of more skilled specialists.

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Palmares

14 Victories as professional

1st Subida a Gorla 2019
1st Zaldibarko Emakumeen Saria 2019
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
2020

13 Days of Racing
1173.9 Km covered

3rd Spanish Championships RR
5th Spanish Championships ITT
8th Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa
11th (1st stage) Tour de l'Ardèche
13th (2nd stage) Setmana Valenciana
15th Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria
25th Clásica Femenina Navarra
25th Strade Bianche
28th Setmana Valenciana
56th (3rd stage) Setmana Valenciana
58th (1st stage) Setmana Valenciana
60th (4th stage) Setmana Valenciana