A champagne bottle mishap cost professional cyclist Biniam Girmay further participation in the 105th Giro d'Italia.

The Eritrean won the 10th stage of the tour on Tuesday, but then accidentally shot the cork of the winning champagne in the left eye on the podium.

The 22-year-old was taken to a hospital for tests.

Although these did not result in any serious injuries, Girmay did not start the 11th stage on Wednesday out of caution, a 203-kilometer flat stage from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia.

"What happened is a bit sad.

I have to continue to rest the eye," Girmay said in a video message.

He looked back on his success with pride: “It was unbelievable.

I am very grateful to the team.

This victory is also for my colleagues.”

Girmay wrote cycling history in Jesi on Tuesday as the first Eritrean to win a stage of a major tour of the country.

On the podium he was then celebrated accordingly.

As he was about to open the large bottle of bubbly, the cork shot into his left eye.

Although he briefly squirted the champagne with his eyes shut, he was immediately examined, first in an ambulance and then in a clinic.

In the evening he returned to the team hotel and toasted his colleagues from the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team.

"I'm looking forward to more next season," said the professional cyclist, and the official Giro Twitter channel also said: "Bini, we hope you'll come back to our streets soon." Girmay already had this year previously caused a sensation when he became the first African to win the difficult classic Gent-Wevelgem.

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