In a thrilling sprint finish on the third stage of the Tour de France, Eritrean cyclist Biniam Girmay etched his name in cycling history, becoming the first Black African rider to claim victory in a Tour de France stage.

Girmay’s momentous win, achieved on a mostly flat route, not only marked a personal triumph but also resonated deeply across the African continent.


“For all Africans,” Girmay declared, reflecting on his achievement that extends beyond personal glory to collective pride. “Now it’s our moment. It’s our time.”

The significance of Girmay’s win extends beyond breaking barriers; it symbolizes a new era of inclusivity and opportunity in professional cycling.

Aike Visbeek, the performance director of Girmay’s Intermarche-Wanty team, emphasized the broader impact of this victory, stating, “There is a whole continent that has been waiting for this. He’s an ambassador in every way.”

Girmay, who previously made history in 2022 as the first Black African to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia, faced setbacks during his career, including an injury from a champagne cork during a podium celebration that forced him to abandon a race.

However, his resilience and determination have now culminated in a historic Tour de France triumph, elevating him to a role model for aspiring riders across Africa.

Meanwhile, the stage witnessed unexpected drama as a crash disrupted Mark Cavendish’s bid for a record-breaking 35th stage win, postponing his pursuit in the finale.


Olympic champion Richard Carapaz seized the yellow jersey from Tadej Pogacar, becoming the first Ecuadorean to lead cycling’s most prestigious race.

As the Tour de France progresses, Girmay’s victory not only highlights the growing diversity within the sport but also sets the stage for future African cyclists to follow in his footsteps.

The 231-kilometer leg from Piacenza to Turin, the longest stage of this year’s Tour, showcased Girmay’s sprinting prowess as he edged out competitors Fernando Gaviria and Arnaud De Lie to claim victory.

Looking ahead, the Tour’s transition back into France promises further opportunities for sprinters and climbers alike.

Stage 4 awaits with its challenging route from Pinerolo to Valloire, featuring iconic climbs such as the Col du Galibier, where contenders like Pogacar and Carapaz will vie for supremacy.

Reflecting on his newfound leadership in the race, Carapaz acknowledged the challenges ahead, stating, “Tomorrow will be a big day. I’m going to try and give everything. I’m going to try and enjoy every single moment in the yellow jersey.”

As cycling enthusiasts worldwide celebrate Girmay’s historic achievement, the Tour de France continues to captivate with its blend of athleticism, strategy, and unpredictable outcomes.

With each stage, the race unfolds new narratives of triumph and perseverance, with Girmay’s victory serving as a testament to the sport’s evolving global landscape.

In the annals of cycling history, Biniam Girmay’s name now stands prominently, not just as a champion of the Tour de France stage, but as a pioneer who has opened doors for future generations of African cyclists to dream bigger and ride faster on the grandest stages of them all.


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