The cyclist was forced to retire from the Giro d’Italia after he was injured while celebrating the historic stage victory.
Eritrean rider Binyam Ghirmay became the first black African to win a stage of the Grand Tour on Tuesday. The 22-year-old beat Mathieu van der Poel in a thrilling sprint to the finish line in Jesi on stage 10.
But he had to be rushed to a local hospital after he was injured when he stuck a prosecco cork in his left eye during a podium celebration.
Team doctor Pete Daniels said medical examinations revealed a hemorrhage in the eye and that the cyclist withdrew to “minimize” any further risk.
Zhirmei later celebrated with his teammates when he returned from the hospital, but has now retired from competition.
“I was a bit sad about what happened to the champagne, but when I got back to the hotel they were very happy too,” he said. video on his team’s Facebook page.
“I want to thank everyone for the message and support,” Zhirmei said. added on twitter.
“I’m fine… I’m sad because I miss the rest of the Giro, but I have to stop, recover and rest for a few days.”