Girmay Becomes First Eritrean To Win Cycling World Tour Race

Biniam Girmay became the first rider from Eritrea to win a cycling World Tour (elite) race when he prevailed in the Ghent-Wevelgem classic on Sunday.

The Intermarche-Wanty Gobert rider beat France’s Christophe Laporte (Jumbo Visma) and Belgian Dries Van Gestel (TotalEnergies) after he and three other riders attacked 24 kilometres from the finish.

The 21–year-old Girmay mastered the cobbles along the 248.8-km course in Belgium and had just enough has left for a perfect sprint finish.

“It’s unbelievable, amazing. I did not expect this,” said Girmay.

“We just changed my plan a few days ago on Friday. We just came for a good result. This race is amazing. Unbelievable.”

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