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Mallorca Challenge: Biniam Girmay Hailu wins the Trofeo Alcúdia, first success of 2022 for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022

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Mallorca Challenge: Biniam Girmay Hailu wins the Trofeo Alcúdia, first success of 2022 for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

Mallorca Challenge: Biniam Girmay Hailu wins the Trofeo Alcúdia, first success of 2022 for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
By Jérôme Helguers with Belga
The young Eritrean runner Biniam Girmay Hailu won the Trofeo Alcúdia (173.2 km), the second round of the Mallorca Challenge. He offers the first success of the 2022 season to his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team.

Biniam Girmay Hailu (ERY, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) made his top speed speak for himself by setting the peloton in a sprint. He is ahead of Ryan Gibbons (ZAF, UAE Team Emirates) and Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA, Israel-Premier Tech).

As in 2021 with André Greipel , the fairly flat profile of this race benefited the fastest men in the peloton. The breakaway, in which appeared the Belgians Tuur Dens (BEL, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Yentl Vandevelde (BEL, Minerva Cycling Team), could not go to the end. Grouped 25 km from the end, the peloton fought for victory in the sprint. The first Belgian rider,  Piet Allegaert (BEL, Cofidis), ranks 7th.


At only 21 years old, Biniam Girmay Hailu offers himself a sixth success in his career. Probably the most beautiful. The Eritrean had already distinguished himself last September by ranking 2nd in the world championship of hopefuls , in Leuven. Girmay had marked the history of his sport by becoming the  first rider from black Africa to stand on the podium of the World Road Cycling Championships .

This victory allows the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team of Jean-François Bourlart to record a first success for their second outing of the season. In 2021, then promoted to the World Tour, she had to wait for May 10 and a success of Taco Van der Hoorn in the Tour of Italy to unlock her counter.

On Wednesday, the first round of the Mallorca Challenge , the Trofeo Calvià , saw the victory of Brandon McNulty (USA, UAE Team Emirates) . This Friday, the third race, the  Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana , will take the peloton over 158.9 km. Tim Wellens (BEL, Lotto Soudal) will be one of the favorites as he has won this race three times in his career. 

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