"I already wanted to try something in the loop around Overijse. But I noticed that a number of teams checked everything. Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain too. I realized it would be very difficult to get away, so I decided to aim for the sprint. I can. So I kept a low profile. I thought it was nervous and dangerous during the last kilometer. I was even a little scared. So I waited as long as possible in the belly of the group, kept calm and only came out at the last. I felt strong. Then you don't have to fight for your place if necessary.
I want to thank everyone. My team, which feels like family. They do much more for me than what I asked of them, even off-course. My teammates today. My family in Africa. And you, to listen to my story here. This is important for Eritrea and Africa. I am proud of my heritage.
I now achieve silver, but one day I hope to take the rainbow jersey. Maybe in 2025, in Rwanda. I heard yesterday that the World Cup will be held in Kigali. It would be fantastic to win there. But I still need to get stronger. I can still make progress, I think."
-Biniam Ghirmay. A monumental ride for the 21-year old who rides for Intermarcé-Wanty-Gobert He becomes the first Eritrean to medal at the U23 world road race championship.