This Tuesday, the riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux enabled Biniam Girmay Hailu to write a new page of cycling history at the end of the tenth stage of the Tour of Italy (2.UWT).
In his first Grand Tour, the 22 year old rider from Eritrea triumphed at the end of a 196 kilometer stage between Pescara and Jesi, by defeating Mathieu van der Poel in a bunch sprint.
From the first until the last kilometer, his teammates did everything they could to ensure a group sprint in the streets of Jesi. Barnabas Peák and Aimé De Gendt first controlled the gap to the three men breakaway in the first race half along the flat Adriatic coastline.
Once they entered the hilly second race half, Rein Taaramäe, Loïc Vliegen and Lorenzo Rota neutralized all breakaway attempts in the peloton until they caught the early breakaway with 20 kilometer to go.
GC riders Domenico Pozzovivo and Jan Hirt accelerated on the final climb Monsano to distance the remaining sprinters and set the pace in the final 10 kilometers to neutralize all breakaway attempts.
Rota and Pozzovivo led the peloton under the red flag to launch Girmay. He started his effort with 300 meter to go and resisted to van der Poel, obtaining the eighth success of the team in 2022.
Thanks to this historical victory, Girmay is only three points behind Arnaud Démare in the battle for the maglia ciclamino, one the eve of an opportunity for sprinters between Santarcangelo di Romagna and Reggio Emilia.
Domenico Pozzovivo and Jan Hirt finished this tenth stage in the first group and stay eighth and fourteenth in the general classification.