Emotional lift for Biniam Girmay.

The Eritrean became the first rider from black Africa on a Grand Tour on Tuesday by exploding Mathieu van der Poel on the pedal, just that.

The problem is that he also popped the Prosecco cork on the podium, and rather clumsily.

As a result, Girmay was hit in the left eye and will not start the 11th stage of the Tour of Italy, we learned on Wednesday from his team, Intermarché.

Girmay, niente da fare: if ritira dal Giro per colpa del tappo dello spumante #Giro https://t.co/imp2aWUXa8

— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) May 18, 2022

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The young Eritrean had returned to three small points from Arnaud Démare in the points classification.

But not saying that the FDJ sprinter is happy to get away with such a bad luck.

Biniam Girmay had already written history at the end of March with his victory over Ghent-Wevelgem, becoming the first rider from Africa to win a cycling classic.


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