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Men's Cycling Girmay makes history as first black African grand tour stage winner

BINIAM GIRMAY made history yesterday as the first black African to win a stage of a cycling grand tour.

The 22-year-old Eritrean, who rides for the French-Belgian Intermarche–Wanty–Gobert Materiaux team, followed up his early season success in the Gent-Wevelgem one-day classic race with yesterday’s win in the Giro d’Italia’s stage 10, a 196km ride up the Adriatic coast and then into the Marche hills.

In a thrilling sprint finish at Jesie, Girmay proved stronger than his closest rival Mathieu van der Poel from a smallish selection of general category contenders and puncheurs (rolling terrain specialists).

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