Biniam Girmay signs with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert until 2026

After weeks of rumours, today Biniam Girmay has confirmed to ink with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux until the end of 2026. It is one of the longest-standing contracts in the current peloton, and a great move for the Belgian team's future.

In a press release, Girmay has said that "Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux is my family, there’s no other place I would rather be. I’m as motivated as ever to defend the team’s colors until at least 2026. I feel happy in this team and that’s what counts most, because that’s what enables me to give the best of myself."

"There’s also this shared ambition, all team members head in the same direction with the aim of reaching new milestones each year. These dynamics push everyone to surpass themselves," he added. Girmay has had a brilliant first part of the season, with a win at the Trofeo Alcúdia, but it was in the cobbled classics where he displayed his immense potential.

Girmay, with little experience and knowledge of the terrain, finished fifth at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic and won Gent-Wevelgem. Intermarché went on to overperform at Paris-Roubaix aswell with several riders in the Top10, and concluded their spring campaign with Quinten Hermans finishing second at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The team is on a roll, and Girmay aknowledges it: "Another factor that distinguishes Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux from any other team is its management."

From the first day, the performance cell listened to my needs and showed its confidence by establishing a tailored race program and a long term plan. They believed in my capabilities of performing in the most prestigious races and I’m very grateful for that. I’m convinced that my compatriots will be happy to hear that my future is intertwined with the team who gave me the opportunity to write important pages of African cycling history. It is a winning combination which will hopefully lead to many more unforgettable moments in the next years," he concluded.

Girmay will be racing Eschborn-Frankfurt tomorrow where he will be one of the favourites, together with Alexander Kristoff. He will be riding the Giro d'Italia in the coming month, where he will be targeting the sprints and hilly stages.

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