On Sunday March 27th, Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay offered a historical success to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux by winning Ghent-Wevelgem (2.UWT). At the age of 21, the rider from Asmara became the first African rider to win a World Tour classic, and the first rider of the team to win a Flemish World Tour classic. The success was even more resounding for the Belgian World Team as it happened exactly six years after the loss of Antoine Demoité in the same race.
After his incredible performance in the E3 Classic three days before, Biniam Girmay won in a sprint with four riders after launching his effort 250 meter before the line of the race of 248 kilometer. In his first participation in the race, Girmay concluded an exemplary collective performance of the team of Jean-François Bourlart, which could also rely on the presence of Alexander Kristoff (11th), Andrea Pasqualon (14th) and Adrien Petit (38th) in the first chasing group 8 seconds behind the winner.
Biniam Girmay reached the top of the third passage on the Kemmelberg in a second group and managed to join the race lead with 27 kilometer to go thanks to the support of his three teammates, before attacking with three other riders 2 kilometer later. After 25 exciting kilometers, the quartet sprinted for the victory in the streets of Wevelgem and it was the rider from Asmara who triumphed after five and a half hours of racing.