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Historic victory for Eritrean Benyam Jermay in the Ghent Wevilgame Classic Championship

Historic victory for Eritrean Benyam Jermay in the Ghent Wevilgame Classic Championship

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Eritrean Benyam Germay won Gent Wevilgem on Sunday 27 March, the first win for a rider from a sub-Saharan African country in a classic cycling race. The 21-year-old defeated Frenchman Christophe Laporte to win with a brilliance and underscores the hopes that have been pinned on him since his cycling debut.

This is a colossal feat! Beniam Jermay, the silver medalist in the Hopes category at last year’s World Championships, signed the most important win for a driver from Sub-Saharan Africa in cycling. The Eritrean, who turned pro in 2020 with French team Delko, joined the WorldTour level last spring. He asserted himself at the end of the season by winning the Classic Grand Besançon before successfully starting the 2021 season at the end of January in Mallorca.

In this classic, we expected Belgian champion Wout van Aert to be the East African racer who would create the sensation. ” I came here to get a good result, but I never imagined it would be so greatBenyam Jermay was released after his victory. I felt better, better and more confident. In the enemy, I was dealing with strong knights, but I had confidence. Everyone was waiting for what Van Aert would do. In fact, it was much easier than expected. »

“It will change everything for me.”

Prize Winner 2020 African cyclist of the yearHaving become the youngest winner at the age of 20, the Eritrean has been escorted since his debut by the most optimistic forecasts of the world’s cycling watchers. “Biniam Girmay is a great hope for cycling in Africa. (…) He is progressing very quickly thanks to his natural qualities as a hitter. We will hear about him in the coming years. It’s for sure. “,” Already guaranteed Bernard Henault in December 2020.

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this first The victory of an African runner A classic world tour that will inevitably open the doors to fame for Biniam Girmay in Africa and in the world. For someone who comes from a small country, Eritrea, with a population of six million, this is immeasurable. ” It will change everything for me Get to know Jeremy. I also hope this changes everything in the near future for all Africans. I congratulate them all, we should all congratulate ourselves, we African runners. »

Biniam Girmay intends to return home to enjoy this success and see his family again, then return to Europe to run the Giro, the Tour of Italy, from May 6-29, 2022.