Biniam Girmay Becomes First African Cyclist to Win One-Day Classic Race

Biniam Girmay of Eritrea became the first African cyclist to win a one-day classic race after winning the prestigious Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium on March 27.

“This changes a lot in the future, especially for all African riders,” Girmay, a rider from the cycling teamIntermarche-Wanty Gobert said after his victory.

“I just came here for a good result. This is amazing,” Grimay, 21, also said.

Grimay was part of a four-rider breakaway in the final 30 kilometers of the 248.8-kilometer race. He sprinted to triumph with 250 meters to go.

“I lost many places, especially on the first section and on the first cobblestones. I felt a bit uncomfortable. But after that, I felt better and better, I rode smart and followed,” Grimay said.

French cyclist Christophe Laporte placed second in the race while Belgian cyclist Dries Van Gestel placed third.

The race is seen as a warm-up for Belgium’s biggest race, the Tour of Flanders, which will take place on April 3.

Grimay is not scheduled to take part in Flanders.

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