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Biniam Ghirmay surprises the sprinters and wins the Port d'Alcúdia Trophy

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022

CYCLING | MAJORCA CHALLENGE

Biniam Ghirmay wins the Alcúdia Trophy in the sprint

The Eritrean cyclist beat the South African Ryan Gibbons and the Italian Giacomo Nizzolo at the arrival in Alcúdia. The Spanish Iván García Cortina was fourth.

Cycling.- Biniam Girmay wins the Alcúdia Trophy in the sprint

Podium of the Alcúdia Trophy 2022, within the Challenge Mallorca, conquered by the Eritrean Biniam Girmay | EUROPE PRESS

 27 Jan 2022 - 17:21 Updated 17:42

The Eritrean cyclist, Girmay Biniam Hailu , of the Belgian Intermarché Wanty Gobert team, was proclaimed this Thursday the winner of the Alcúdia-Port d'Alcúdia Trophy, second of the five tests of the Garden-Hotels Luxcom Hotels Challenge Ciclista Mallorca, at the end of the sprint the route of 173.2 kilometers with a time of 3 hours, 50 minutes and 48 seconds.

In second and third places were the South African Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates) and the Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech). The Spaniards Iván García Cortina (Movistar Team) and Jesús Ezquerra (Burgos-BH) finished fourth and ninth , respectively.

The 21-year-old Ghirmay, runner -up U-23 world champion and designated best African cyclist in 2021, justified his status as an accomplished sprinter by beating his rivals in the massive arrival at the finish line. One of the stars of the day was the Basque Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who began a breakaway while passing the flying finish line at kilometer 24 together with the Belgians Yenti Valdevelde (Minerva Cycling Team), Tuur Dens (Sport Vlannderen ) and the Italian Raúl Colombo (Work Service Vitalcare Veg).

The four breakaway companions maintained an advantage of up to five minutes over the peloton, until Bizkarra , after an explosive spill, went off alone at kilometer 94. The adventure of the Euskaltel-Euskadi runner, who won the award for competitiveness, he finished 25 kilometers from the finish line, when the peloton hunted him down on the descent of Coll de Femenía.

The final stretch of the Alcudia-Port d'Alcúdia Trophy surprised a grouped peloton, dominated by riders from the Movistar Team , Borahansgrohe and Team Emirates UE, although the final victory went to Girmay Biniam , from Intermarché. The Mallorca Cycling Challenge, a test in which 25 teams participate, will continue this Friday with the dispute over the Serra de Tramuntana-Lloseta trophy, of 159.8 kilometres.
Challenge Mallorca - Girmay races to victory in Trofeo Alcudia - Port d'AlcudiaChallenge Mallorca - Girmay races to victory in Trofeo Alcudia - Port d'Alcudia © belga
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Biniam Ghirmay surprises the sprinters and wins the Port d'Alcúdia Trophy; Iván Sosa looks out on the mountain

27 January, 2022

 
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In a final for sprinters, Biniam Ghirmay (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert Materiaux) won the Alcudia-Port d'Alcudia Trophy in a close sprint , after covering 173.2 kilometers in the Majorcan city of Alcúdia . The best Colombian was Miguel Flórez (Team Arkea Samsic) in box 39.

The new promise of Eritrean cycling appeared on the last meters and crossed the finish line first, with a time of 3:50:48″. The 21-year-old beat South African Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates) and Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech) in a photo finish . While Colombian Iván Ramiro Sosa (Movistar Team) had to settle for 59th place.

Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Tuur Dens (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Yenti Vandevelde (Minerva Cycling) and Raul Colombo (Work Service Vitalcare) starred in the breakaway of the day , but arriving at the second category mountain pass they were supported by the big platoon.

On the day's ascent, Colombian climber Iván Ramiro Sosa tried to surprise his rivals, however his attack was controlled by the men of the UAE Team Emirates . At the end of the descent, the compact peloton headed towards the finish line.

A chaotic phase of the race then followed, with numerous attacks flying in from the front of the pack, but no further breakaways managed to stay ahead. The lot maintained a very strong pace in the last kilometers and left everything for the pack, where the sprinters were surprised by the Eritrean Ghirmay .

This Friday, January 28, the third race of the Mallorca Challenge will take place , the Serra de Tramuntana Trophy , which will take the riders along 158.9 kilometers with the high mountains as the protagonist.

Alcúdia Trophy – Port d'Alcúdia 2022 (1.1)
Mallorca Challenge Results (173.2km)

one Biniam Girmay HailuIntermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux3:50:48
two Ryan GibbonsUAE Team Emirates,,
3 Giacomo NizzoloIsrael–Premier Tech,,
39Miguel Florez *ColombiaTeam Arkéa Samsic,,
59Ivan Ramiro Sosa *ColombiaMovistar Team2:47
123 Juan Sebastian Molano *ColombiaUAE Team Emirates2:47
124Daniel Hoyos *ColombiaElectro Hyper Europe Caldas2:47
125 Juan Diego Hoyos *ColombiaElectro Hyper Europe Caldas2:47
131 Yesid Pira *ColombiaCountry Box2:47
DNF Santiago Table *ColombiaManuela Foundation do not finish

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