Exactly one week after the closing time trial of the Tour of Spain, in which both wore the red leader’s jersey, Odd Christian Eiking and Rein Taaramäe will swap their kit from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux with the one of their national team on the occasion of the European Championships (12/09). Representing Norway for the first time in a Continental championship in the elite category, Eiking is part of a selection of six riders. Taaramäe, Estonian time trial champion, will participate for the first time since the first edition in 2016 with four compatriots. Norway and Estonia are two of the 36 nations who want to break with the hegemony of the Italian team, winner of the three previous editions and racing on home soil.
The European Championships were initially planned in 2020 in the north of Italy, around Trento, Monte Bondone and Valle dei Laghi. The men’s road race, for which Eiking and Taaramäe are selected, conclude a week during which thirteen titles are awarded. The start will be given at 12h30 on the Piazza Duomo de Trente, for 73,4 kilometer towards the local lap in the capital of Trentin. On their way to the local circuit, the riders have to climb the Monte Bondone. The second race half of the race for the stars, which is 179.2 kilometer, contains eight laps with the Povo climb.