Although the main focus of the goal was on the winning Belgian star, he also had to answer numerous questions from journalists.
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Eritrean Biniam Girmay from the Intermarche Wanty-Gobert Materiaux team on the classic E3 Harelbeke 2022.
Yesterday’s classic E3 Saxo Bank (formerly known as E3 Harelbeke) brought quality cycling.
The Jumbo Visma stable was enjoying the winning double. Wout van Aert and Christophe Laporte finished in the first two places, coming to the finish line with a significant lead over the pursuers.
Among them was Biniam Girmay. A native of Eritrea, a small country in East Africa, he finished in fifth place.
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His performance is all the more remarkable as the 21-year-old talented rider went the Flemish one-off for the first time in his career.
“I’ve only seen dice on TV before. Before the start, I didn’t know what to expect from the race. I’m glad it turned out that way, “said Girmay in the finish.
He defeated several famous names at the finish, including Petr Sagan, who lost more than ten minutes to him.
The member of the Intermarché-WantyGobert team bravely held on to the group of pursuers, which also included the winner of Milan – San Remo Matej Mohorič and the Swiss Stefan Küng.
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“I always drive to victory. The indistinct ride in the peloton doesn’t tell me anything, I always want to attack, “said Girmay.
As he admitted before the Belgian weekend, which will be completed on Sunday by the prestigious classic Gent – Wevelgem, his great role model is Peter Sagan.
“I consider myself a classic with a solid spurt. I can ride hills and sprint, something like Peter Sagan. He is a great role model for me, “said Girmay, adding:
“I haven’t met Sagan in person yet. So far, I only follow him on social networks. I believe that in the near future I will be able to shake his hand. “
He will get another opportunity at Ghent – Wevelgem. This is an event where Sagan has shone in the past. He managed to win it three times, most recently in 2018. How will he do on Sunday?