Rein Taaramäe

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Rein Taaramäe
Rein Taaramäe - Critérium du Dauphiné 2012 - Prologue (cropped).jpg
Taaramäe at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné
Personal information
Full name Rein Taaramäe
Nickname Vader (from "reinuvader" – a Fox)
Born (1987-04-24) April 24, 1987 (age 27)
Tartu, Estonia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Cofidis
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type GC rider
Amateur team(s)
Cofidis (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)

Stage races

Tour de l'Ain (2009)
Young rider classification (2011)
Critérium International
Young rider classification (2011)

Single-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2009, 2013)
National Time Trial Championships (2009, 2011, 2012)
Infobox last updated on
5 May 2014

Rein Taaramäe (born April 24, 1987 in Tartu) is an Estonian road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental cycling team Cofidis.[2]


Taaramäe at the 2009 Tour de l'Ain

Taaramäe turned professional in 2008 for Cofidis after riding for the team as a stagiaire in late 2007 and winning a stage at the Circuit des Ardennes early in the season. In 2008 he won two stages of Grand Prix du Portugal and a stage of Tour de l'Avenir. At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Taaramäe competed in the road race and the road time trial.

In 2009 he finished third at the Tour de Romandie and eighth at the Tour de Suisse. Taaramäe won both the national road race and time trial championships.[3] He also won Tour de l'Ain after winning the last stage to Col du Grand Colombier.[4] In 2010 he finished seventh at the Paris-Nice and third at the Volta a Catalunya.

In 2011, Rein finished 11th overall in the 2011 Tour de France. On Stage 14 of the 2011 Vuelta a España Taaramae and breakaway companion David de la Fuente were the last two riders of a 17 man breakaway, but with 2 km to go de la Fuente dropped back to pace teammate Juan José Cobo up the climb allowing Taaramae to solo to his first ever Grand Tour stage win. He ultimately withdrew from the race prior to its conclusion in Madrid.

In August 2014 Astana Pro Team general manager Alexandre Vinokourov announced that Taaramäe had signed a one year contract with the team for the 2015 season.[5]


3rd overall, juniors Course de Paix
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st, GP Ouest-France – U23 version
1st, Stage 4, Circuit des Ardennes
2nd Silver medal europe.svg, European Under-23 Time Trial Championships
2nd, National Time Trial Championship
1st, Stages 2 & 3, Grand Prix du Portugal
1st, Stage 6, Tour de l'Avenir
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall, Tour de l'Ain
1st, Stage 5
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains Classification, Vuelta al País Vasco
3rd Overall, Tour de Romandie
8th Overall, Tour de Suisse
3rd Overall, Volta a Catalunya
7th Overall, Paris–Nice
9th Overall, Route du Sud
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st, Stage 14, Vuelta a Espana
3rd Overall, Critérium International
1st Jersey white.svg Youth classification
4th Overall, Paris–Nice
1st Jersey white.svg Youth classification
8th Overall, Volta ao Algarve
10th Overall, Circuit Cycliste Sarthe
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
2nd Overall, Vuelta a Andalucía
3rd Overall, Étoile de Bessèges
8th Overall, Tour du Poitou Charentes
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG National Road Race Championships
2nd, National Time Trial Championships
3rd, Cholet-Pays de Loire
1st Tour du Doubs
2nd Overall, Tour of Turkey
1st, Stage 3
6th Overall, Tour du Limousin
8th Overall, Étoile de Bessèges

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour WD 11 36 102 88
red jersey Vuelta 74 WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


  1. ^ a b "Rein Taaramäe profile". 
  2. ^ "Cofidis, Solutions Credits (COF) - FRA". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Greg Johnson (28 July 2009). "Taaramae takes road title too". Cycling News. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cofidis sweeps Horner aside". Cycling News. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Taaramae signs one-year deal with Astana". 20 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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