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Giro d’Italia: Biniam Girmay makes history with stage win – Mathieu van der Poel beaten in sprint duel

Giro d’Italia: Biniam Girmay makes history with stage win – Mathieu van der Poel beaten in sprint duel
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Van der Poel paid his respects to his conqueror at the finish line with a thumbs up – on the first stage of the Giro in Hungary the order was reversed.

“It’s unbelievable,” the 22-year-old cheered in the winner’s interview, “I realize that I’m about to make history now. I have no words for what my team did for me today, even the boys for me the general classification like Domenico Pozzovivo worked for me”.

There was a moment of shock for Girmay at the award ceremony when he shot the cork of the Spumante bottle in the face so badly that he had to be treated in the ambulance at the finish and was taken to the clinic after there was nothing left in his left eye could see.

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Third place in the difficult final went to Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo) ahead of Bora professional Wilco Kelderman and last year’s winner Richard Carapaz (Ineos).

Only 28 drivers crossed the finish line at the same time, including Emanuel Buchmann as the only German in 16th place, behind whom there were sometimes large gaps. He is still in ninth place, 1:09 minutes behind.

Van der Poel had to invest a lot of energy on the way when he ended up a minute behind due to an unsuccessful wheel change after a defect.

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Juan Pedro Lopez defended the pink jersey for another day, the Spaniard is still just ahead of the favorites for overall victory after the rest day.

Meanwhile, Girmay also made a big jump in the points classification and now sits right behind Frenchman Arnaud Démare (151) with 148 points.

Lennard Kämna, who arrived more than five minutes behind today, remains third in the mountains classification, his Bora team extended the lead in the team classification, because Jai Hindley also arrived in the first group and thus defended his fifth place in the overall classification.

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The stage had long been dominated by a trio of breakaways, but the field never let the three riders off their leashes, catching them all in the bumpy finale of the stage. Nobody could match the pace of Alpecin and Intermarché, and attacks by Simon Yates, Vincenzo Nibali or van der Poel personally were unsuccessful.

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The section on Tuesday was also marked by Michele Scarponi – the route led through the hometown of Filottrano of the Italian who died in an accident in 2017.

The streets there were decorated in memory of the 2011 Giro winner, who was hugely popular with riders and fans alike.

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On Wednesday the Giro resumes with a flat section, this 11th stage should then fall prey to the sprinters after Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan had no chance today and finished well behind Girmay.

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