Giro: Biniam Girmay retires due to bleeding in the eye caused by an accident with a sparkling wine cork

Biniam Girmay, the first Eritrean cyclist to win a stage in the great Voltas, was forced this Wednesday to abandon the Giro d’Italia 2022 due to a haemorrhage in his left eye, following the incident with the stopper sparkling Tuesday.

“Following the podium incident, medical examinations revealed hemorrhage in the anterior chamber of Biniam Girmay’s left eye. The injury is progressing positively and will be monitored by the team’s medical team in the coming days,” said the doctor from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, quoted in a press release from the Belgian team.

Piet Daneels goes on to explain that “in order to minimize the risk of hemorrhagic expansion and intraocular pressure, it is strongly recommended to avoid physical activity“.

“Our priority is to complete the recovery from the injury and that is why we have decided, together with the rider and the sporting directors, that Biniam will not be at the start of the 11th stage” of the Vuelta d’Italia, added the doctor.

Tuesday, while celebrating the victory of the 10th stage of the Giro on the podium in Jesi, won against the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Biniam Girmay to hit with a bubbly cork in the eye. The 22-year-old cyclist from Asmara received the usual flowers and when he took the bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate, the cork came off and hit him in the left eye.

Biniam Girmay

The first Eritrean to win a stage of a Grand Tour still proceeded with the podium protocol, but then he was assisted by the medical team of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux and the organization itself and was taken to hospital for further examinations, which were confirmed on Tuesday. RCS Sport show on the Cycling News portal.

Following this unfortunate incident, the young runner, who had already made history by being the first Sub-Saharan to triumph in one of the great classicsby winning at Gent-Wevelgem, bids farewell to the Giro d’Italia 2022 after writing a new page in the book on diversity in sport.

“Today, unfortunately, I will not be starting the race, because I need a rest to strengthen my eye,” said Biniam Girmay, in a video shared by his team, in which he says he is “good” and thanks for all the support he has received.

This Wednesday, the 11th stage of the Giro will connect Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia, covering a total of 203 kilometers.


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