Biniam Girmay receives hero’s welcome in Eritrea


Biniam Girmay has had a brilliant start to the season which has included a win at the Trofeo Alcudia in Mallorca early in the year, and after a consistent string of results throughout early spring, he’s proven his talent in the cobbled classics.

The Eritrean has surprised to finish in 5th place at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, but celebrations have gone over the roof as he conquered an attacked edition of Gent-Wevelgem after winning the sprint from the leading group.

He has since travelled to Eritrea to be with his family, as he had announced before Gent-Wevelgem which was a late addition to his schedule. After his win this past Sunday he said: “I’ve been away from home for 3 months now, so I miss my wife and daughter. I have to go home,” and he has been received in style as shown in the video below.

Besides the reputation he has gained over the last few months, Girmay is also rumoured to be getting a salary raise when he returns to Europe. Reports came from Gazzetta dello Sport who claim team manager Jean-François Bourlart will meet up with Girmay’s agent in a deal that would go up from €300,000 to €1.000,000 with salary and bonuses.


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