Biniam Girmay is rocketing into the very front echelon of pro cycling, and bringing his team with him.
Top brass at Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert is confident its Eritrean sensation has the raw talent and massive motor required to reach the level of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert.
“If you look at ‘Bini’ and the progress he can make, he will be always up there in the big classics. He’ll be riding a lot against Van der Poel, Van Aert a lot in the one-day races in future. On a good day we know he can beat them,” team performance manager Aike Visbeek told VeloNews .
“You see with these guys, they’re so toe-to-toe that there is no top dog. There are three, four, five guys that are on a really top level. [Julian] Alaphilippe and maybe ‘Bini’ are among those.”
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Girmay made some elite company when he blasted to breakout victory at Gent-Wevelgem this spring and returned to the top step soon after at the Giro d’Italia.
Outsprinting Van der Poel in Italy and bettering Tour de France stage-winner Christophe Laporte in Wevelgem might be just a hint at what’s to come from the 22-year-old in future years.“I hope Biniam gets to that level where he can consistently ride for victory with these guys,” Visbeek said. “Next year in the classics it might not always be victory, but maybe second, third fourth more often in these big classics.”Intermarché’s […]