Giro d’Italia: Biniam Girmay becomes first black African to win Grand Tour stage

Biniam Girmay

Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay made history on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia as he became the first black African winner of a Grand Tour stage.

The 22-year-old beat Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel in a sprint for the line after an attacking finale.

Van der Poel gave a thumbs-up towards Girmay as he gave up the chase and then embraced the Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert rider at the finish in Jesi.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m really happy,” said Girmay.

“Since the start, we controlled [the stage]. I don’t have any words for my team for what they did today.”

More to follow.

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