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Biniam Girmay After Winning Gent–Wevelgem 2022 Makes History

Biniam Girmay Hailu is a professional Eritrean road cyclist and he recently makes history after winning the Ghent-Wevelgem classic 2022. History was made in Belgium as riders took on the Gent-Wevelgem one-day Classic.

Sprinter Benjam Germe is in his first full season with the InterMarch-Wanti-Gobert Matrix, and while other debutants are looking to find their footing on the World Tour, the Eritreans are quickly becoming favorites in the biggest race of spring. This weekend, the 21-year-old’s fine starting form turned out to be a historic victory in the Gent-Wavegame, becoming the first African rider to win the Belgian classic and make his debut.

The first hour of racing was very fast and it took a long time before the ‘Break of the Day’ was formed. Seven riders were able to escape after 30 km: Nikias Arndt (DSM), Lindsay de Wilder (Sport Vlaanderen-Balloys), Johann Jacobs (Movister), Alexander Konchev (BikeExchange-Jako), Ludovic Robesbos, Bingoles (Bing) Saugstad (Uno-X) and Jelle Wallays (Cofidis). They quickly got a 5 minute lead from a jumbo-visma controlled peloton.

Biniam Girmay

Biniam GirmayBiniam Girmay Hailu (born 2 April 2000) is a professional Eritrean road cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux.

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After discovering cycling through his cousin Meron Teshome, Girmay joined the World Cycling Centre in 2018 for his second junior year. That year, he became a triple junior cycling champion of Africa, winning the road race, time trial and team time trial. He also won the first stage of Aubel–Thimister–Stavelot, beating out favorite Remco Evenepoel.

In 2019, with the Eritrea national team, he won the third stage in a sprint of the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, his first professional victory. This made Girmay the first cyclist born in the 2000s to win a professional race. His success continued, winning stage 5 of the Tour of Rwanda in a sprint against experienced riders, including Joseph Areruya and Daniel Turek who finished 2nd and 3rd.

For the 2020 season, Girmay joined UCI ProTeam Nippo–Delko–One Provence, with whom he notably finished second in the Trofeo Laigueglia and the Tour du Doubs.


Gent–Wevelgem, officially Gent–Wevelgem – In Flanders Fields, is a road cycling race in Belgium, held annually since 1934. It is one of the classic races part of the Flemish Cycling Week, run in late March on the last Sunday before the Tour of Flanders.

Although the event is often called a sprinters classic due to its flat finishing terrain, its early-season date means riders are often tested by wind and rain, as well as several climbs, including two ascents of the steep and fully cobbled Kemmelberg. As a result, few editions of Gent–Wevelgem actually end in a bunch sprint – often the winner comes from a small group of escapees.

In 2005 the race was included in the inaugural UCI ProTour and in 2011 in its successor, the UCI World Tour. Since 2011 it is organized by Flanders Classics, which also organizes the Tour of Flanders. Since 2012 a woman’s event is held on the same day as the men’s race.

Six riders share the record of victories. Belgians Robert Van Eenaeme, Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx and Tom Boonen, Italian Mario Cipollini and Slovak Peter Sagan each won the race three times. Sagan also achieved a record six podium finishes in the race.

Makes History at Gent-Wevelgem 2022

At just 21, Girmay made his E3 Saxo Bank Classic debut on Friday for his Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux team, finishing impressively in fifth place, but denied his inexperience as he turned it into a four-member team. And the confident, long-distance sprint at the Wavegame on Sunday defeated Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma), Driss Van Gastel (Total Energies) and Jasper Stuaven (Trek-Segafredo).

His first win at the WorldTour level, Giram explained in a post-race interview that he was not intended to ride the 248.8km Classic but was drafted after his performance at E3 on Friday, which pushed him even further that he was able to claim. Victory.

In the final sprint, Girmai said he grew in confidence during the race and was able to stay in touch even after initially fighting in the cobalt sectors because he realized that all eyes from his competitors would be on defending champion Wout van Art (jumbo-visma). On the important climb of Kemmelberg.

“Of course I’m feeling much better but I have really strong guys with me so I’m a little scared,” Girmai said of turning it into a decision-making group. “But I feel confident in the last 250 meters. It’s incredible.

“I [Kemmelberg] lost a lot of space, especially in the first part and the first shovel rocks. I felt a little uncomfortable. But when I felt better and better, I did smart rides, followed up. So for art, I played a little easier. ”

Asked if Gent-Waveljem Vijay would persuade him to ride the Tour of Flanders next Sunday, Girme said he would return home without seeing his wife and daughter for three months while racing in Europe. He also acknowledged what his victory might mean for African cycling to move forward.

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