July 24, 2024

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Green Benjamin Jeremy saw his phone explode: “Bfff the British, Ffff Benjamin Jeremy: “Ffff it’s Benjamin Jeremy:” :” :” :”

Green Benjamin Jeremy saw his phone explode: “Bfff the British, Ffff Benjamin Jeremy: “Ffff it’s Benjamin Jeremy:” :” :” :”

For Biniam Germay and Intermarche-Wanti, the Tour de France has already been a success after one week, but with the green jersey in hand, there is still a lot to win. On the rest day, the rider and the team look back on their long journey to this success.

The Intermarché-Wanty press conference began with big boss Jean-François Borlart recalling the team’s miraculous rise.

“I started in 1974, 50 years ago, with a cycling club that trained many young people.”

“In 2001, I took over the club with some friends and we climbed the cycling ladder step by step.”

“In 2007 we were a continental team, in the third level. That was the beginning of our great adventure. In 2011 we were promoted to the second level on the continent.”

“2016 was an important page in our book with Enrico Gasparotto winning the Amstel Gold Race. Five years later we joined the WorldTour and competed in the Tour for the first time.”

“It’s been a long adventure, and thanks to Beniam and the whole team we’re able to make it a big party.”

Climber who loves to run

Right in the middle of the table: Benyam Girmay, the man around whom everything revolves at Intermarché this round. He also spoke about the team’s rise that has coincided with his own steep ascent.

“I have worked extremely hard since I arrived in 2021 until now to become the best in the world. That has been accompanied by a lot of bad luck and downfalls, which means I can’t always be the best version of myself. But they have always kept believing in me.”

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However, Germay himself is surprised to have already won two stages on the rest day and to have the green jersey. “I never expected to be able to win in the first week, because everyone will be at their best.”

A moment of hesitation from Jermay when asked if he was the best runner on the tour. However, it is remarkable that with his physique he can dismantle all those quick bombs.

“I have always loved running since I was young. When I went to school, the running distance was very long. If you saw me, you would already say that I am a climber. The advantage is that I suffer less in the mountains.”

Madness in Eritrea: “Some are happier than me”

The bridge with its African roots is being built quickly. Jermaine doesn’t need to be reminded by journalists that he carries the expectations of an entire nation, even an entire continent. But he also shares in the immense joy.

“My phone exploded. I had to organize it differently or I wouldn’t be able to find the messages from my team leaders. I see a lot of passersby, on WhatsApp, Instagram, email, … Pfff … He also said a lot honestly.”

According to Girmay, the madness in Eritrea is easy to explain. “If a Belgian wins a stage, it’s almost normal. They knew Eddy Merckx. But this is unusual in Eritrea.”

“The pictures of the celebrations I see are very emotional. I think some are happier than I am.”

Jermay explains his cycling obsession with a story about the national championships. “This year, a million tickets were sold. They all left home, so they let the others pass.”

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“A big stadium has been built next to the road where people can watch. It’s crazy, you can compare it to the Tour of Flanders. You see spectators everywhere.”

I wanted to play football abroad, but my father said: No, we will watch the Tour de France.

Benjamin Jermaine

Jermaine almost chose a different career. “I was eight years old and wanted to play football mainly. But my father said, ‘No, it’s time to watch the tour.’”

“He pushed me into racing, and also bought me my first expensive bike. He still accompanies me to training and always supports me.”

Except during the tour itself. Why haven’t we seen his parents yet? “They should come sometime, but they’d rather stay home.”

“They usually watch TV with the whole family, but now they go to the cinema to watch with the fans. They find it incredible.”

“I think they will reach the final in Nice,” laughs Jermaine. “If I wear green, that is. If not, I don’t know yet.”

Tour de France World Ranking

a team points
1

UAE Team Emirates

107:13:01
2

Soudal – Quick Step

+6:04
3

Ineos Grenadiers

+6:45
4

Red Bull – Bora – Hansgrohe

+7:41
5

Movistar Team

+12:41
6

Bahrain is victorious

+14:33
7

Visma Team – Bike Rental

+18:34
8

EF Education – EasyPost

+23:40
9

Lidl – Journey

+33:04
10

Uno-X Navigation

+50:05

Tour de France

Riding date start – end Ride type the total winner leader

1

29/06 Florence – Rimini

206 km

romain bardet

2

30/06 Cesenatico – Bologna

199.2 km

Tadej Pogacar

3

01/07 Piacenza – Turin

230.8 km

Richard Carapaz

4

02/07 Pinerolo – Valloire

139.6 km

Tadej Pogacar

5

03/07 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Saint-Volpas

177.4 km

Tadej Pogacar

6

04/07 Macon – Dijon

163.5 km

Tadej Pogacar

7

05/07 Nuits Saint Georges – Geoffrey Chambertin

25.3 km

Tadej Pogacar

8

06/07 Semur-en-Auxois – Colombie Les Deux Eglises

183.4 km

Tadej Pogacar

9

07/07 Troy – Troy

199 km

Tadej Pogacar
Rest day 08/07

10

09/07 Orleans – Saint Amand Montrond

187.3 km

11

10/07 Évaux-les-Bains – Le Lioran

211 km

12

11/07 Aurillac – Villeneuve-sur-Lot

203.6 km

13

12/07 Again – Bao

165.3 km

14

13/07 Bao – No Daddy

151.9 km

15

14/07 Loudenvielle – Plateau de Belle

197.7 km

Rest day 15/07

16

16/07 Gruissan – Nimes

188.6 km

17

17/07 Saint Paul Trois Chateau – Superdévoluy

177.8 km

18

18/07 The Gap – Barcelonanet

179.5 km

19

19/07 Embron – Isola 2000

144.6 km

20

20/07 Nice – Col de la Coyole

132.8 km

21

21/07 Monaco – Nice

33.7 km

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