Andreas Leknessund claimed the overall leader’s pink jersey on stage four of the Giro d’Italia, while Frenchman Aurelien Paret-Peintre took his maiden Grand Tour victory by edging a sprint finish.
Norway’s Andreas Leknessund claimed the overall leader’s pink jersey as Frenchman Aurelien Paret-Peintre took his maiden Grand Tour victory by edging a sprint finish to stage four of the Giro d’Italia on the summit at Lago Laceno.
Heavy rain saw the riders have to battle through wet conditions with a number of crashes early on during the 175kilometre medium mountain stage.
After a couple of unsuccessful breakaways, a small group was able to open up a gap with around 90km left and push the advantage on the main peloton to more than five minutes.
Heading into the final climb, Leknessund made a counter-attack, joined by Paret-Peintre and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier.
As Leknessund set his sights on taking the Maglia Rosa from overnight leader Remco Evenepoel with another move at four kilometres out, Paret-Peintre kept pace before timing his own run for the line over the final 100 metres to claim victory for the AG2R-Citroen team.
Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) took third place, while Primoz Roglic brought the main group home two minutes behind.After also picking up bonus seconds earlier in the stage, Team DSM rider Leknessund took a 28-second lead over Evenepoel at the top of the general classification standings while Paret-Peintre sits two seconds further back."I came to the Giro with the aim of contesting stage victories. It was also the goal today, but it’s […]
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