On Sunday, the Estonian Rein Taaramäe represented Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux on the Chrono des Nations (1.1, 17/10). Wearing his national champion's jersey, he took off at 3:23 pm for a 44.5-kilometer time trial on the outskirts of Les Herbiers, in Vendée.
The recent Vuelta a España stage winner completed the course in 54.09 minutes, just over two minutes behind winner Küng, earning him twelfth place. The 34-year-old rider, who was competing in this event for the first time in his career, thus concluded his particularly successful season.
As a reminder, in addition to his national title acquired last June and his victory atop of Picon Blanco, he wore the red jersey as leader of the race on the Vuelta for two days. He constantly displayed an attacking style of racing, participating in breakaways during Paris-Nice, on the Tour of Catalonia, the Tour de Romandie, the Giro d’Italia, and took third place in the Sazka Tour after a hilly stage race.