Volta a la Communitat Valenciana: Biniam Girmay takes stage one sprint

It's another one in the bag for Intermarché-Circus-Wanty after Challenge Mallorca success

Communitat Valenciana
(Image credit: Dario Belingheri / Getty Images)

Intermarché-Circus-Wanty continued its golden spell thanks to a win by Biniam Girmay in the Volta a la Communitat Valenciana this afternoon. 

The Eritrean rider recorded his first win of the year when he won the town centre sprint finish from a reduced bunch in the popular training camp destination of Altea on Spain's Costa Blanca. Launching his kick from some way out, the 22-year-old put two bike lengths into second placed Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma), who was followed in by Iván Garcia Cortina (Movistar).

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

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