Girmay intent on making history in Giro d’Italia

Superstar status in cycling is not always easy to assess. But perhaps one way of doing it emerged on Thursday in Budapest, when Loic Vliegen, a teammate of Biniam Girmay and his hotel roommate for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, was asked by media in a press conference what Netflix series the two will likely be watching in the evenings for the next three weeks. And it was a genuine question.

Girmay’s rapid rise to stardom was evident in many other ways in the half-hour Giro press conference, as he fielded the vast majority of the media enquiries – Netflix preferences apart – about what it meant to be racing his first Grand Tour at 22.

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