Biniam Girmay throws down the gauntlet with sprint victory on Tour de Suisse stage two

The Eritrean sees off Wout Van Aert and Arnaud Démare as he sends a clear message to Tour de France rivals

Stage two
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Biniam Girmay has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of his first Tour de France, sprinting to victory on stage two of the Tour de Suisse, ahead of Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

The Intermarché-Circus-Wanty rider was mobbed by Eritrean fans at the finish line, having become the first rider from the African country to win a stage of the Tour de Suisse.

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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. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.