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Paris-Nice

Biniam Girmay sprints to 4th


For the third time this week, Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay sprinted for the victory in his first Paris-Nice (2.UWT) and this after strong work of his teammates all day.

Behind the early breakaway of six riders, the men of the Belgian World Team controlled the gap in the lead of the peloton. Successively, Dimitri Claeys, Rein Taaramäe and Aimé De Gendt worked to decrease the advantage of the leaders and to surround Biniam Girmay on the multiple climbs in this sixth stage at the same time. Aimé De Gendt felt sick and used his last power in service of the team, just like Baptiste Planckaert one day earlier, before leaving the race.

In this way, Biniam Girmay covered the Cols de Murs, de Pointu, du Sambuc, des Portes, de Pas de la Couelle and de l’Espigoulier in a strongly skimmed peloton. He approached the last straight in Aubagne in company of Loïc Vliegen and Georg Zimmermann and sprinted from the middle of the group to fourth position.

All riders of the team did what they could to create the best conditions for our sprinter Biniam Girmay, by decreasing the gap to the breakaway and by surrounding him all day. The race went exactly as we wished and we were one of the best represented teams in the final. The sprint of Biniam was again phenomenal! But this fourth place brought some mixed emotions, as we are convinced that the victory was possible. Collectively we’ve been perfect until the final three kilometer, where we lost each other in a corner. This enables us to learn, because we were again in the mix for the victory on the highest level. 

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