“My Team Was Super Good”: 23-Year-Old Eritrean Cyclist Uplifts Prospects of Intermarché-Wanty Squad With Podium Win at Surf Coast Classic

Published 01/25/2024, 7:09 AM EST

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With victorious courses in cycling adventures, saddleback professional Biniam Girmay recently propelled his team to sporting glory. Hosted in the heart of Torquay, the prestigious Surf Coast Classic witnessed his power-packed sprints throughout its events. Evidently, besides clinching the first position, this audacious Eritrean also gained fruitful prospects for his entire crew. 

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At 23 years of age, Girmay’s consistent passion for cycling ventures has been nothing short of impressive. Unfolding in anticipation, the Thursday game saw him surging ahead despite all odds. Leaving his potential competitors from other powerhouse teams behind, the 2022 Grand Tour stage holder maintained a similar reputation while representing Intermarché-Wanty. 

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Cycling to the top spot, Girmay seized a remarkable turn in his Australian podium journey. Leaving his rival contenders trailing behind, the game also saw Corbin Strong bounce back from prior stomach issues. After facing troubles during the Tour Down Under, he finished after Biniam which landed him a third position in this lead-up event. 

Focusing on the upcoming cycling courses of Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Girmay’s strategic prowess aided his victory. With sheer determination for his team coming to the forefront, he was spotted controlling the game. After an impressive performance in the Tour Down Under, his lead in a tight competition was recognized by other Intermarché-Wanty members. 

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Highlighting the efforts of his cycling colleagues, Girmay shared his words of appreciation, quoting, “I felt super good so I said to my team today we need to control as much as we can”, he further claimed, “My team was super good – they did perfect.” Expressing sheer joy at his collective accomplishment, the pro rider also noted facing challenges in the final stretch.

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While the routes into Torquay demanded strategic positioning, Girmay’s cycling team was recorded covering it with utter precision. Overcoming the stacked team supporting Viviani, he tactfully placed himself for the last 5km. Besides ensuring the right wheel for the final sprint, his confidence in the last corner paved the way for a win that edged out all other competitors.

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As the 155.5km cycling race escalated further, it revealed an early break of five riders who kept establishing a substantial lead. With the scenic route through farmland and bush trails marking the peloton’s closing gap, a trio of riders persisted in the break. Involving notable athletes Bauke Mollema, Jonas Rutsch, and Natnael Tesfazion, the scene left them navigating through risky terrains. 

Nearing the coast, their cycling dynamics took a shift while passing along iconic locations like Bells Beach. With the diminishing gap making the catch inevitable, the trio was still allowed to sit out front until within the final four kilometers. As the final pieces of the sprint battle fell into place, it eventually culminated in Girmay’s decisive victory.

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With Biniam Girmay’s cycling victory at the Surf Coast Classic standing as a testament to his strategic brilliance, it also showcased the resilience of his team. Weaving an array of thrilling sprints and skillful maneuvers, the Intermarché-Wanty crew now waited for similar triumphs at the Great Ocean Road Race lingering around. 

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