Tour de France: Biniam Girmay makes African history with stage 3 win

Wanty team's Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay (C) cycles to the finish line ahead of second-placed Movistar Team's Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria (3rd R) and third-placed Lotto Dstny team's Belgian rider Arnaud De Lie (L) to win the 3rd stage of the 111th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 230,5 km between Piacenza and Turin, in Italy, on July 1, 2024.

Eritrean cyclist Biniam Girmay became the first African man to win a Tour de France stage on Monday.

The 24-year-old saw off close competition from Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria and Belgium’s Arnaud de Lie with his well-timed sprint finish to win the 230.9km stage 3 in Turin.

Girmay could not hide his excitement after the win and he dedicated the historic Tour de France achievement to Africans.

In March 2022, the Eritrean became the first babblack African cyclist to win a Grand Tour stage at the Giro d’Italia.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz took the overall leader’s yellow jersey from Tadej Pogacar.

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