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Circuit Franco-Belge

Biniam Girmay wins Circuit Franco-Belge: “A special victory”

This Wednesday 29th of May, the Walloon World Team managed to win its home race Circuit Franco-Belge thanks to Biniam Girmay, who was victorious on the slopes of the Kluisberg after a five-star team performance.

From the first kilometer in Tournai to the finish, Intermarché-Wanty took responsibility, firstly in chase behind the early breakaway with Adrien Petit.

The efforts of the Frenchman helped to close the gap with the escapees at the start of the last three laps of the 23-kilometer circuit. This hilly circuit featured the climbs of the Horlitin and the Trieu, in addition to the Mont-de-l’Enclus where the finish was judged.

Once the early breakaway was caught, Rune Herregodts brought back a new duo of attackers, followed by Hugo Page, Laurenz Rex, and Vito Braet who neutralized all attempts in the penultimate lap.

On the slopes of the Trieu, the penultimate difficulty of the course, Lorenzo Rota attacked with two others and lead the race until the start of the final climb with one kilometer to go.

This attack allowed Hugo Page and Biniam Girmay to prepare themselves in front of the small remaining peloton. The Frenchman launched the sprint from the beginning of the Kluisberg, followed by a powerful final 200 meter of the Eritrean rider, who could not be overtaken by any other rider. Biniam Girmay thus claims his second victory of the season, the sixth for Intermarché-Wanty in 2024.

"I would like to thank my teammates who did everything to allow me to achieve this great victory, which has a special flavour it was on the home soil of our sponsors and started in front of our service course. I am so happy to be able to conclude their hard work, which lasted from the first to the last kilometer, I had to reward them. I told them that I felt very good, we had total control of the race and managed the final intelligently, especially with Lorenzo Rota on the attack. I asked Hugo Page to launch the sprint from far so that I could finish it off." "This victory feels good. The season started very well for me in Australia, but after that, I wasn't able to show my full potential in the classics due to bad luck. But I always kept believing in myself and working hard, which allowed me to be at the start of the Giro in good shape. I really wanted to make the most of this good form in a series of one day races, and after a few good performances, I felt very confident for today. Our team really deserved this victory. I hope to continue like this in t the Brussels Cycling Classic this Sunday, and continue my preparation for the Tour de France."


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