«IT IS NOT ALWAYS THE FAVORITES THAT WIN…»

«IT IS NOT ALWAYS THE FAVORITES THAT WIN…»
«IT IS NOT ALWAYS THE FAVORITES THAT WIN…»

PROFESSIONALS | 30/03/2024 | 6.57pm

by Francesca Monzone

Biniam Girmay will be at the start of Tour of Flanders, despite the pain of Wednesday’s fall at Dwars door Vlaanderen. The Eritrean, however, does not want to talk about his chances of victory and also as regards the favourites, he does not want to name names but thinks that even the lesser-known riders can have a chance of victory in the end.

«In a competition anything is possible. There are always favourites, it’s true, but it doesn’t mean that they are the ones who win». Girmay wants to give his own example his victory at the 2022 Gent-Wevelgem, when no one would have bet on his possible victory. «A lesser-known rider always has a chance. Nobody could have predicted that I would win Gent-Wevelgem, so anything is possible. As for me, I can’t say much right now. We will have to wait and I will probably only be able to evaluate what my body is capable of during the race itself, especially on the cobblestones.”

During the Through Flanders Girmay was one of the riders who crashed and was forced to retire like Pedersen, Stuyven and Van Aert. Immediately afterwards he went to hospital to carry out in-depth tests and rule out any damage: there were abrasions on his body and the pain from the fall, even if it is no longer acute, still left some marks.

The Eritrean from Intermaché Wanty has shown himself to be in excellent form this season, but that fall about 70 kilometers from the finish during Through Flanders, it will certainly make itself felt during the Tour of Flanders.

«I was very lucky in Wednesday’s accident – continued Girmay during a meeting with the press – I didn’t suffer any fractures and in general I’m fine. On Thursday I trained a bit on the rollers and today I did some training on the road, with a short stint on the cobblestones. The pain is definitely not over yet, I still have rib problems. I’m getting better and better and I was able to rest well at night.”

The Ronde van Vlaanderen will be the last Classic for Girmay, who will then focus on preparing for the Tour de France. «Flanders will be my last spring race. Then I will take some rest at home and train at altitude to best face the Tour de Francewhich will be my main objective.”

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