Giro's first ever Ethiopian rider 'in at the deep end'

Tsgabu Grmay became Ethopia's first ever Grand Tour rider after setting off with Lampre-Merida at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Tsgabu Grmay on stage three of the 2015 Tour de Romandie

(Image credit: Watson)

Tsgabu Grmay’s road to become the first Ethiopian in the Giro d'Italia was not easy. Dirt roads, sharing a room with four sisters and breaking the African/European barrier might have been harder than riding the first three stages of this year's Giro d'Italia.

Grmay made had his break riding with the UCI centre in Switzerland. It was his launch pad for spots in Pro Continental team MTN-Qhubeka and now WorldTour team Lampre-Merida.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.