Date: Friday, 23 September 2022
Biniam Girmay will be one of the biggest wildcards of the men's Elite World Championships Road Race, and taking into consideration how the under-23 race saw several sprinters survive the climbs, Girmay may find himself in a better position towards the big goal.
“I thought it couldn't get any crazier. But after my victories this year in Gent-Wevelgem and a stage in the Giro d'Italia, it was even more extreme," Girmay told Wielerflits. His trip to Australia didn't come as an issue, as he explained his travel experience: "I grew up traveling in recent years. I have been traveling almost continuously since I was seventeen. Every two or three months I keep returning from Europe to Eritrea to be with my family, relatives and friends again."
He'll face tough competition, however will be a contender for the medals. “I don't believe there is just one favourite. I will put Wout van Aert at number one. Behind it Michael Matthews, who can race in his own country and gets a course that is tailor-made for him. In the GP de Montréal, Tadej Pogačar also proved that he is one of the favorites," he said, regarding some of the riders who will be racing alongside him towards the end.