Happy birthday to Rein Taaramae

Cofidis' Rein Taaramae (image courtesy of Rein Taaramae)

Cofidis's Rein Taaramae (image courtesy of Rein Taaramae)

Rein Taaramae is 25 years old today. Palju õnne 25. sünnipäeva

Rein’s another rider I see regularly training on the Cote d’Azur roads. Sadly, having broken his left elbow in a fall at last weekend’s Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, he’s confined to the home trainer and won’t be back on those roads for a couple of weeks.

This latest injury will be a bitter blow following close on the heels of his mononucleosis infection (glandular fever), the first symptoms of which appeared a few days before Paris-Nice, a race in which he finished fourth and won the best young rider jersey last year. But this year the young Estonian was nowhere to be seen, even though he had finished second behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at the Ruta del Sol just a few days earlier. Continue reading

What’s happening in April?

Welcome to our preview of what’s happening in the world of road cycling in April. With the first of this year’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, just around the corner, this is a busy month for the professional peloton, featuring no fewer than seven WorldTour events – five one-day Classics (including three of the five ‘monuments’) and two six-day stage races – comprising exactly a quarter of the 28 WorldTour races for 2012. Continue reading

Round-table discussion: Riders and teams to watch in 2012

Here at Velo Voices we love to talk about cycling, and nothing delights us more than the opportunity to talk to each other and to fellow fans about the sport. In the last of our four-part series to kick off 2012, we take a look at our favourite riders and teams.
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