winner of Ghent-Wevelgem, Biniam Girmay becomes the first African rider to win a Flemish classic

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) raises his arms on arrival from Ghent-Wevelgem, Sunday March 27.

“This guy is impressive. » The compliment came from Wout Van Aert on Friday and the Belgian was right. On Sunday March 27, the Eritrean won the Ghent-Wevelgem race ahead of Frenchman Christophe Laporte and Belgian Dries Van Gestel.

A historic victory for the young 21-year-old cyclist who became the first African rider to win a Flemish classic. His talent was well known but the cyclist from the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team continues to impress.

Friday, he took the 5and place of the E3 Saxo Bank Classic for its first great Flanders classic. Two days later, he did even better, earning his first World Tour victory in the process, his seventh overall in his professional career.

Biniam Girmay was in a group of four riders who broke away about 25 kilometers from the finish. He finally beat his breakaway companions by launching the sprint first. He resisted the overpowered return of Frenchman Christophe Laporte, who has been in great shape since joining the Jumbo-Visma team since he had already taken second place in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic.

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