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Birnam Girmay Becomes First Black African to Win Tour De France Stage

Birnam Girmay Becomes First Black African to Win Tour De France Stage 

Biniam Girmay

Biniam Girmay made history as the first black African to win a Tour de France stage, as Mark Cavendish was held up by a late crash on the run into Turin.

Girmay of Eritrea won the reduced sprint finish, with Fernando Gaviria of Colombia and Arnaud de Lie of Belgium coming in second and third.

Much of the pre-race discussion had focused on Cavendish’s chances of winning a record 35th stage, but a crash on the 230.8km route from Piacenza just over 2km from the finish left many riders out of position, including the Manxman.

Based on his total finishing places throughout the first three stages, Richard Carapaz became the first rider from Ecuador to wear the yellow jersey. Tadej Pogacar, Remco Evenepoel, and Jonas Vingegaard were also in the general classification at the same time as the EF Education-EasyPost rider.

At the finish, an emotional Girmay, 24, who won his first Grand Tour stage at the Giro d’Italia in 2022, outlined the importance of his achievement.

“I would say thanks to God for everything, for giving me all the strength and support,” Girmay said.

“Since I started cycling, I was never dreaming to be part of the Tour de France but now I can’t believe it. I want to say thank you to my family, my wife, Eritrea and Africa.

“We must be proud. Now we are part of the big races and have success. Now is our moment; now is our time. This is for all Africa.”

Stage three results

1. Biniam Girmay (Eri/Intermarche-Wanty) 5 hours, 26 minutes, 48 seconds

2. Fernando Gaviria (Col/Movistar) Same time.

3. Arnaud de Lie (Bel/Lotto Dstny) “

4. Mads Pedersen (Den/Lidl-Trek) “

5. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/Jayco-AlUla) “

6. Phil Bauhaus (Ger/Bahrain Victorious) “

7. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned/DSM-firmenich-PostNL) “

8. Davide Ballerini (ITA/Astana-Qazaqstan) “

9. Sam Bennett (Ire/Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale) “

10. Bryan Coquard (Fra/Cofidis) “

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