Biniam Girmay wins Circuit Franco-Belge 2024

Biniam Girmay Triumphs at Circuit Franco-Belge

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Axel Zingle (Cofidis) second, Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) third

Eritrean superstar Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty) clinched a significant victory at the Circuit Franco-Belge on May 29, 2024. This triumph came after his earlier withdrawal from the Giro d’Italia due to a crash.

The race featured a competitive field with several attacks, culminating in an uphill sprint finish where Biniam emerged victorious.

The Eritrean rider capitalized on a late attack by teammate Lorenzo Rota, patiently waiting for his rivals to exhaust themselves on the final climb. He then executed a perfectly timed acceleration, sprinting to the finish line for the win.

Axel Zingle (Cofidis) and Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) completed the podium, finishing in second and third place, respectively.

Biniam Girmay wins Circuit Franco-Belge

Fans and fellow Eritreans celebrated his win, marking another notable achievement for Eritrean cycling.

“My team deserves this victory. I’m delighted to reward their hard work in our home race. I was confident about my strength for the sprint and look forward to continue this way towards Tour de France,” Girmay said.

“This victory feels good. The season started very well for me in Australia, but after that, I wasn’t able to show my full potential in the classics due to bad luck,” Girmay said. “But I always kept believing in myself and working hard, which allowed me to be at the start of the Giro in good shape.”

The Giro d’Italia didn’t work out for Biniam Girmay, who crashed out on stage 4, but he made a quick return less than two weeks later and worked his way to second at the Rund um Köln over the weekend before his win today. [TN]

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