The 22-year-old, who became the first black African to win a Grand Tour stage on Tuesday, did not compete in the 203km flat stage from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia on Wednesday due to a left eye injury.
Girmay accidentally shot himself in the face with the cork of a Prosecco bottle at the awards ceremony on Tuesday. The classic specialist from the Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert team was treated in hospital, but returned to the team hotel in the evening and toasted the historic success with his colleagues.
Disillusionment followed the next Wednesday morning. “What happened is a bit sad. I have to continue to protect the eye, »said Girmay in a video message. He thought back to his success with pride: “It was unbelievable. I am very grateful to the team. This victory is also for my colleagues.” (AFP)
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