Gran Piemonte

Biniam Girmay (5th) concludes his season “beyond his expectations”

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux was at the start of its third Italian semi classic in three days this Thursday, on the occasion of the Gran Piemonte (1.Pro, 7/10). The riders under the direction of Valerio Piva had to accomplish 168 kilometer at the foot of the Alps, without entering them as they did in the previous edition.

So, the climb towards La Serra (6.5 km at 5.2%) was the only categorized climb, in the first race half, offering an opportunity to the sprinters to battle for the victory. Biniam Girmay and Riccardo Minali could rely on the support of their teammates, and on former winner Jan Bakelants in particular.

The control of the time gap between the early breakaway and the peloton was perfect, so a complete peloton prepared for the expected bunch sprint in the streets of Borgosesia. But street furniture and roundabouts disorganized the approach to the sprint, almost causing a crash of Biniam Girmay in the final hectometers. But the Eritrean rider and his teammate Minali managed to avoid the incident and finished 5th and 7th respectively.

« I finally felt optimal again after a couple of race days in weather circumstances which don't suit me. Thanks to the great support of Jan Bakelants and my other teammates I could shelter from the wind and approach the final kilometer with a lot of power. A narrowing of the street caused a move in the peloton and even though I managed to avoid a crash, I lost a lot of positions. Luckily I didn't crash, so I could still sprint to 5th place. I'm satisfied to conclude the season with this result. » « I'm over the moon with my first two months in the World Tour. I knew that I was joining a good team, but I was surprised about the warm welcome within Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. The staff and riders immediately made me feel like home and created circumstances in which I can perform without pressure. This was beyond my expectations and I'm taking this good feeling home tomorrow, to Eritrea. I can't wait to be reunited with my baby, who has really grown up those past three months, before returning to Europe for the preparation of the 2022 season with my other family! »


1.Matthew WallsBORA Hansgrohe3:34:47
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