The first hill climb brought two winners

The first hill climb brought two winners
The stage winner was Paret-Peintre (right), Rosa caught his pursuer. (APA/AFP)

Norwegian Andreas Leknessund snatched the pink jersey from Remco Evenepoel as a member of a breakaway after 175 kilometers up and down from Venosa to Lago Laceno. He is also the first Norwegian to lead the Tour of Italy since Knut Knudsen 42 years ago.

Leknessund finished second in the first mountain stage of this year’s Giro, in the final sprint he only had to admit defeat to Frenchman Aurelien Paret-Peintre. But the leadership was more than compensation. “It’s really nice, my legs hurt in the final,” said the 23-year-old.

Evenepoel, who superiorly won the opening time trial, did not defend the lead with the utmost vehemence. Knowing full well that this tour will take a long time and that he can relieve his team helpers of the burden of management work for a few days. (free)

106. Giro d’Italia: Stage 4, Venosa–Lago Laceno (175 km): 1. Paret-Peintre (Fra) AG2R 4:16:05 hrs, 2. Leknessund (Nor) DSM +2s, 3 .Skujins (Lat) Trek +57; also: 37. Konrad (Austria) Bora +3:58 min.; 146. Pöstlberger (Austria) Jayco +26:11; Overall: 1st Leknessund 14:35:44 hrs, 2nd Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal +28s, 3rd Paret-Peintre +30, 4th Almeida (Por) UAE +1:00 mins; further: 31. Konrad +4:24 min.; 134. Postlberger +35:24.

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