Biniam Girmay made history and became the first Eritrean and the first black rider to cap a stage in a Grand Tour. He won in Jesi, the city where Michele Scarponi was run over, left a battle to remember in the sprint with Van der Poel and got on the podium on the tenth day of the Giro d'Italia to fully enter his history.
But in the euphoria of the celebration, as the 22-year-old was uncorking the champagne over the Ancona sky, the cork hit his eye. The joy was paralyzed and the African was transferred to the hospital, from where he left shortly after with a patch that sensed the worst.
«Girmay cannot continue. She has a large bruise on her eye and must continue to heal. Being in the platoon with vision in only one eye is impossible. Fortunately, he will not lose his vision, which would have been the end of his career, not only of his first Giro », declared Valerio Piva, director of the Intermarché.
«I had a bad time when I returned from the hospital to the hotel, but I was able to enjoy the victory a little with my teammates and the staff. I was sad about what happened with the champagne, but after celebrating with my teammates and seeing that the eye problem is not serious, I'm happy. Although, unfortunately, I don't start the race today, my eye needs to rest », the Eritrean cyclist himself reported on his team's Twitter account.
Thus, after an exhibition to remember in the tenth stage of his first Giro, with the 'ciclamino jersey' within reach and several days ahead where his legend could fatten up, Girmay says goodbye to the pink 'corsa'. However, the story of him in elite cycling has only just begun.