Eider Merino Photo
Place: Balmaseda, Vizcaya
Birth: 02/08/1994
Country: ESP
Height: 154 Cm
Weight: 40 Kg
Pro debut: 2013
Years in team: 1
Career path:

2018: 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 with an exhibition alongside team-mates Gloria Rodríguez (2nd) and Mavi García (3rd). “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. Undoubtedly, a day of huge glory for the Blues

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. Last year 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-. There, she claimed honours in front of team-mate Mavi García, who later went on to finish runner-up overall ahead of Eider, third.

STRONG AGAINST DIFFICULTY. Despite all of that, it wasn’t an easy season for Merino, who suffered from stomach problems at several races of the year and whose knee injury early in the spring forced her to take some rest and not come back before April, spending the next few weeks racing only at national level. Eider wishes to leave that misfortune behind from the past few years and unleash her full potential in 2019.

 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 behind Mavi García, and 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
2019

8 Days of Racing
819.1 Km covered

1st Subida a Gorla
1st Zaldibarko Emakumeen Saria
4th Trofeo Bajo Andarax
4th (3rd stage) Setmana Valenciana
4th Setmana Valenciana
16th (2nd stage) Setmana Valenciana
16th (4th stage) Setmana Valenciana
25th (1st stage) Setmana Valenciana
30th Trofeo Alfredo Binda
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