Tsgabu Grmay’s road to become the first Ethiopian in the Giro d’Italia was not easy. Dirt roads, sharing a room with four sisters and breaking the African/European barrier might have been harder than riding the first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia.
Grmay made had his break riding with the UCI centre in Switzerland. It was his launch pad for spots in Pro Continental team MTN-Qhubeka and now WorldTour team Lampre-Merida.
“Ethiopia’s eyes are on me,” Grmay told Cycling Weekly.
“They’ve showed racing live in Ethiopia for years via Al Jazeera and other free-to-air television channels, but this is the first time my family and Ethiopia have a cyclist that they can cheer for.”