From Rwanda to Oman: Rein Taaramae's unorthodox start to 2022

SOHAR OMAN FEBRUARY 11 LR Rein Taaramae of Estonia and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux and Davide Villella of Italy and Team Cofidis compete during the 11th Tour Of Oman 2022 Stage 2 a 1675km stage from Naseem Park to Suhar Corniche TourofOman on February 11 2022 in Sohar Oman Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) in the peloton during stage 2 of the Tour of Oman (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

As a 15-year veteran in the pro peloton, Estonian climber Rein Taaramäe is no stranger to travelling and competing in exotic climes but his start to the 2022 season has been something quite out of the ordinary.

Ninety per cent of the peloton head to Spain's Med coast or Tenerife for training camps in December and January before kicking off their campaigns in cycling's traditional heartlands of Spain or France.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix