Eritrean Biniam Girmay goes down in the history of the tour

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché) won the 10th stage of the Giro, this Tuesday, May 17, in Jesi (Middle East), and signed the first success of a sub-Saharan African rider in a Grand Tour.

He had announced that he wanted to be the first black African rider to win a grand tour. This Tuesday, May 17, Biniam Girmay went after his dream on Italian roads. He sprinted before the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, who gave a thumbs up as he crossed the border to greet the young African’s achievement.

Girmay, 22, joins Girot for the first time in his career. Professional since 2020, he has 8 wins to his name, including three just for the current year. By the end of March, he had become the first African to win a classic (Ghent-Wevelgem). Since the start of Girot, Girmay has always been in the final stages and arrives in a sprint. He had even been second in the very first stage of the 105th edition behind Mathieu van der Poel.

Juan Pedro Lopez still in pink In the general classification, the Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek) kept the leader’s pink jersey that was acquired the Tuesday before at Etna.

The Italian Alessandro de Marchi, who had escaped with two companions (Davide Bais and Lawrence Naesen), led the way to the last 20 kilometers. Australian Caleb Ewan, whose team worked to limit breakaway management, and Briton Mark Cavendish remained before the final hour.

For its part, Frenchman Arnaud Demare (two stage winners in this edition) released the last climb, about ten kilometers from the finish, in a very lively final with many starts. Today, Girmay has not missed this opportunity, to enter even more into the history of cycling. Twice, in 2020 and 2021, he was voted the best African cyclist of the year.

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