Benjamin Girmai won the 10th stage Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, going down in history as the first black African to win a stage of any of the three grand tours.
The 22-year-old Eritrean proved too strong for Mathieu van der Poel, who spread his arms after the defeat after a long struggle for the line at Jesse.
“The whole team worked all day, including the GC riders, and they worked great,” Hirmey said. “We knew when we started, we knew we had a chance to win the stage. I went down in history thanks to my team, my family, the support of the people of my country. This victory belongs to them as well. I am grateful and happy that I was able to repay the team for the victory. “
Girmai then got a cork of champagne in his face as he felt a bottle of magnum on the podium of the winners, leaving him to rub and keep his left eye.
The Intermarche rider celebrated his coming of age in March when he became the first African to win a one-day classic at Ghent-Wevelgem when he was just 21 years old.
Trek-Segafredo’s Juan Pedro Lopez retained the lead in the race as all the top contenders in the overall standings finished together.