'I will remain the same man as yesterday': Biniam Girmay won't get ahead of himself after historic Classics victory

The Eritrean said the victory at Gent-Wevelgem was 'important' for African cycling

Biniam Girmay 2022
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Despite being the first African rider to win a cobbled Classic and appreciating how huge that is, Biniam Girmay will skip the Tour of Flanders to head home to his family.

The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert rider made history by winning Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, and told the media on Monday that he realises "how important this is for our continent".

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.