Biniam Girmay creates history with Giro d'Italia stage ten victory

The Eritrean becomes the first black African to ever win a Grand Tour stage

Biniam Girmay Giro d'Italia
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Biniam Girmay (Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux) created history on stage ten of the Giro d'Italia, by becoming the first Eritrean and first black African rider to win a Grand Tour stage.

Coming into the final 500m, Girmay hit the front as he launched off of teammate Domenico Pozzovivo's rear wheel. The Eritrean superbly managed to fend off Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the closing stages with his superior strength, as both riders absolutely pounded the pedals metres from the line. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.