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Giro d'Italia

A day in white for Girmay

For the first time, a rider of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux rode a Grand Tour stage with the best young rider’s jersey on his shoulders in the second stage of the Giro d’Italia (2.UWT) this Saturday. 

Thanks to his second place in the opening stage to Visegrád, Biniam Girmay appeared on the start podium of the 9.2 kilometer individual time trial through the streets of Budapest with the distinctive jersey on his shoulders.

Domenico Pozzovivo was the first representative of the team at the finish and occupies the 26th position in the provisional general classification. Biniam Girmay is 19th. This Sunday, the sprinters receive an opportunity to battle for the stage win in a 200 kilometer stage with final along Lake Balaton.

« Today I experienced why Grand Tours are so special! It was a nice feeling, and I felt proud, to wear the white jersey in this time trial, especially thanks to the presence of all these fans. I gave everything. The headwind in the beginning made it hard from the start and then we still had to climb to the finish. I'm happy that I was able to limit the damage compared to the time trial specialists. After two satisfying stages I'm looking forward to the third one tomorrow. It is relatively flat so it will probably end in a bunch sprint. With the team we're aiming to conclude our Hungarian stay with a good result. »


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