Biniam Girmay made Giro history twice on Tuesday. A first time by becoming the first black African rider to win a grand tour stage by winning the sprint in Jesi, on the Adriatic coast. The second, when a few minutes later, the Eritrean took in the left eye the cork of the bottle of Prosecco intended to celebrate his victory. Result: no mixed zone or press conference, a trip to the hospital and an abandonment announced Wednesday morning by his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team.
“The examinations revealed a hemorrhage in the anterior chamber of Biniam Girmay’s left eye, slips the Belgian training doctor, Piet Daneels. The evolution of his injury is going in the right direction. In order to minimize the risk of hemorrhagic expansion and intraocular pressure, it is strongly recommended to avoid intensive activities. “And therefore to leave the transalpine race and to integrate in the same way the list of the most improbable packages in the history of sport.