Biniam Girmay: Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux rider aiming to make Giro d’Italia history for his first Grand Tour
Biniam Girmay is aiming to make Giro d’Italia history as he prepares to take part in his first Grand Tour at the age of 22.
The Eritrean burst onto the scene with a stunning victory at Gent-Wevelgem, a year after his podium at the U23 Road Race World Championships.
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“We did a reconnaissance this morning and it’s not that steep, but not that easy. For some sprinters this may be good. The same for me.”
“I have just done five or six stages at most, so this is my first big stage race. I need more experience.
Girmay didn’t have much time to celebrate his victory in Ghent-Wevelgem and played Eschborn-Frankfurt last Sunday where he received a tremendous welcome from the local Eritrean fans. His only goal now is the Giro d’Italia.
“For me, it’s not the first time that I have so many fans around me, there were a lot of people even at the World Championships,” he added.
“The fans are a bit crazy about cycling, and I’m super happy to see them.”
Girmay’s teammates were also impressed with how he handled his rapid rise to glory.
“He’s never nervous, he doesn’t put pressure on himself,” said Loic Vliegen, UCI WorldTeam Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux teammate.
His teammate, Hungarian Barnabás Peák, also added to Girmay’s applause and praised his attitude towards the sport.
“He’s humble, he’s cheerful and he appreciates, and he’s very confident to follow my wheel, especially in the Frankfurt GP where I was the front man for him and [Alexander] Kristof. We did a good job,” he said.
Girmay’s overall ability will be tested to its limits in Italy, especially in the mountainous stages of the race.
“We still have to figure this out and see what happens day by day,” said Intermarché director Valerio Piva.
“I don’t think that will be a problem. I hope he goes all the way. »
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