Girmay: “Repeating victory and doing it in green is special”

Girmay: “Repeating victory and doing it in green is special”
Girmay: “Repeating victory and doing it in green is special”

In the border between Semur-en-Auxois and Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, The start and finish locations for yesterday’s stage were several Intermaché supermarkets, some of which also had a petrol station included, those who were present during the tour. Even the team itself posed in front of one of them before leaving on a rainy day, the coldest of this Tour, with riders even wearing winter hats at the finish line, contrasting with the shorts and even suspenders of the fans, completely soaked by the rain.

Many of them waited for hours next to the finish line, in the town where the remains of General Charles de Gaulle are buried (here he died) to see the Eritrean Girmay raise his armswho made history in Turin this week by becoming the first black African to win the Tour and once again made his mark by becoming the first rider (and team) to repeat success in this Tour. He arrived on the eighth day. “Winning a stage is already something incredible. “To get two, and this time with the regularity jersey, is already very special”said the Eritrean, wearing his green jersey, which now looks more promising following the withdrawal of Mads Pedersen.

The Dane, after a fall in the sprint in which Cavendish finally won, and after two days of resisting the pain, appeared yesterday at the start with his arm in a sling, although without fractures. Girmay, After ironically “thanking” the Cofidis team, who worked for Coquard, for the launch, he spoke of his ambition: “I think what I have achieved is already very important, but now that I have the green jersey, I will fight 100% to carry it to Nice. Turin was a great weight off my shoulders and, whatever happens from now on, it will be a great Tour for me.”

One of the most notable names of this Tour after eight stages is Jonas Abrahamsen. The 28-year-old Norwegian has spent practically his entire sporting life linked to Uno-X, a team from his country that is making its second participation in the French race, lThe same as Jonas, who has a date with the podium every day to receive the mountain jersey with its iconic red polka dots. He again added the few points that were at stake and now has 33, compared to Pogacar’s 20. Obviously, a minimal advantage, and it is possible that this prize will go to one of the general classification, but the Norwegian will fight for it… and then some, because yesterday he even competed for the solo stage with a brilliant gallop.

Abrahamsen, despite “the pain in his legs”, was the combative one

“My legs hurt quite a bit, So I hope to recover well for tomorrow. I like having pain in my legs so that they get stronger later. I struggled to score as many points as possible. Then the Education First riders didn’t keep up and all I tried to do was give it my all to try and get the win.” he said later at the finish line. As was to be expected, he was awarded as the most combative of the stage and he warned that he will continue trying to “try his luck”“in search of the desired victory.

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