Giro d’Italia 2022: Biniam Girmay, in the name of Africa, Scarponi and all of cycling

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Giro d'Italia 2022: Biniam Girmay, in the name of Africa, Scarponi and all of cycling

meon the roads of Jesi, Ancona region, one of the most beloved cyclists was born by the Italian parish. Michele Scarponi, Giro champion that Contador had taken on the asphalt, and loved by an affable, close character and that charisma together with his inseparable parrot Frank -present in the tour-. Died in april 2017 and cycling pays tribute to him whenever it can. As it happened on the tenth day of the tour of italy 2022, in which biniam girmay he honored the name of the local hero by raising his arms.

No one better than Girmay. A victory for the new star of the cycling firmament. Africa’s victory, which he sees as the 22-year-old Eritrean becomes the first black cyclist to raise his arms in a major. And in the best possible way. Taking revenge on Hungary by sitting down Mathieu Van der Poel. Imposing and impressive. Because of how he launched the arrival from many meters before and nobody passed him.

If winning at Wevelgem put him in a stellar position, raising his arms at the Giro d’Italia is the next step. Africa, a different way of understanding the bicycle and pure talent have answers in Biniam Girmay. He now he is one of the greats. His successes say so.

‘The Hungarian duel is repeated’

There was not a day with a great battle since leaving Pescara. The script was clear seeing that the first hours of competition had no difficulty. Bais (Drone Hopper), Naesen (AG2R) and De Marchi (Israel) moved, although they did not go very far. That beginning was more dominated by the ‘festive’ than anything else: with the threats of Dumoulin to Juanpe López, Valverde’s new bicycle or the train with the ‘Senza Fine’ stamped on its side.

The least threat would be from Tom Dumoulin in Juanpe López

It would change radically in the approach to Rescanati. The second of the scoring ports marked the race because Alpecin went into action. That pace totally let Ewan off the hook, who has the black in the Giro. And he made one of the top favorites suffer: Richard Carapaz. The Ecuadorian had previously fallen and had to come back in the peloton. Rescanati subsequently ended Cavendish’s aspirations. Intermarché-Wanty wanted to dominate and, incidentally, neutralized a timid movement of De la Cruz.

the duel between Van der Poel and Girmay was served. The small peloton -with Juanpe López always well placed- lowered differences to forced marches. Passing Filottrano and the spectacular tribute to Boots -in which Frankie was- the race was in the ‘pink jersey’ group. Not without attacks from second players from the favorite teams themselves, with the omnipresence of Alpecin.

Hunted Marchi -The last of the escapees, the race began to have the iron hand of Alpecin. It was the ‘Van der Poel moment’. Monsano, port of fourth, the place where everyone looked. First, Foss turned on the gas. Alpecin followed him, but the battle broke out on the ledge. INEOS took responsibility and a new way of seeing the day appeared: the favorites asked to speak.

Carapaz tasted it. It did not last long, because his rivals did not let him go very far. Juanpe López was there, with his pink jersey, and Landa. They crowned together and in the descent second part of the battle . Simon Yates, resurrected for the occasion, tried, but Van der Poel did not leave him ground.

So much so that about seven from the finish line the Dutchman opened gas. He took a few meters … Would they see him at the finish line? No, because Intermarché or UAE did not want to talk about that end and reduced their movement. The ending was a volata, although some like Hugh Carthy sought otherwise.

Girmay seats Van der Poel

Van der Poel had blown up the entire Intermarché, but hadn’t gotten very far. In the sprint everything was even and the Dutchman wanted to wait for Girmay. So it was and the Eritrean launched an arrival from ‘his house’. Van der Poel began to come back… And he ran out of steam. Empty.

The raised arms belonged to Girmay, who was making history for a continent. For the new cycling. And on an unbeatable day, with the tribute to Scarpony present. Even Van der Poel surrendered to Girmay. The new star in the cycling firmament.

Biniam Girmay, in the name of Africa, Scarponi and all of cycling
Biniam Girmay, in the name of Africa, Scarponi and all of cycling

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