Eritrea's Girmay out of Giro with eye injury caused by champagne cork

Biniam Girmay reacts after accidentally popping a champagne cork into his eye while celebrating winning the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia. LUCA BETTINI/AFP via Getty Images

Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay has withdrawn from the remainder of the Giro d'Italia cycling race after injuring his eye with a champagne cork following his historic stage win.

Girmay, who rides for Team Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, accidentally popped a Prosecco cork into his eye while celebrating winning the 10th stage of the race in Italy on May 17.

He had become the first Black African rider to win a Grand Tour stage.

Girmay was taken to a hospital in Jesi for treatment and later discharged with a bandaged left eye.

"Medical examinations revealed a haemorrhage in the anterior chamber of the left eye of Biniam Girmay," team doctor Piet Daneels said in a statement.

"His injury is evolving in the right direction and will be followed up by a medical team in the next days.

"In order to minimise the risk of expansion of the haemorrhage and the intraocular pressure, it is strongly recommended to avoid physical activity."

On Wednesday, Girmay confirmed withdrawing from the rest of the race.

"I didn't start the race because with my eye I still need some rest," he said in a video message.

"I'm just looking forward to the next [races this] season and thank you to everyone who supports me. I'm okay now.

"I was a bit sad about what happened with the champagne. When I came back to the hotel, my team was super happy but also a bit afraid. When [they saw] I looked okay, we really enjoyed, and I'm happy."