CW Live: Remco Evenepoel concedes maglia rosa at Giro d'Italia; Tom Pidcock takes first mountain bike win of the season; Bradley Wiggins names coach who abused him

Andreas Leknessund takes pink as Aurélien Paret-Peintre wins the stage

Morning, and welcome to the CW Live blog on what looks like it ought to be a thrilling day over some major climbs in the Giro d'Italia. We'll be bringing you all the action from the race, as well as stories from across the wider cycling world. Enjoy! 


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Stage four of the Giro d'Italia is officially underway. It will take riders 175km from Venosa to Lago Laceno, and will see the riders take on three major climbs, including one to the finish. Attacks already underway.

167km to go: Today's triple treat of major climbs are all rated cat-two and include the Passo delle Crocelle at 65km ridden, Valico di Monte Carruozzo at 110km and the Colle Molella, which the riders crest with just three kilometres to ride. They all climb up to and above 1,000 metres.

150km to go: The early breakaway is still fighting to establish itself as the peloton approach the top of the day's first climb – a long, unclassified ascent to Lagopesole. The weather is unseasonably unpleasant, with damp roads and umbrellas up at the roadside.


127km to go: As the race approaches the foot of the first major climb, the Passo delle Crocelle, an early break is still struggling to go clear and the peloton is strung out by continuous attacks off the front. The riders must be praying for the Crocelle to begin and, hopefully, establish the day's pecking order.

115km to go: Frenchman Paul Lapeira of the AG2R Citroën team has become the first rider to abandon the 2023 Giro d'Italia, after being dropped on the Passo delle Crocelle. It's one extreme to another for Lapeira, who wore the King of the Mountains jersey after stage two.

Thibaut Pinot claims top points atop first KOM point

105km to go: The peloton are on the descent from the Passo delle Crocelle, with many teams trying to move off the front, but a breakaway has still not gone clear. How long will this continue for...

100km to go: It is a seriously hard day out there. It looks like there might finally be a breakaway up the road, of seven riders. We will update you on who they all are in due course, but Andreas Leknessund (DSM), Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Toms Skuijnš (both Trek-Segafredo) and Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic) are definitely in there.

93km to go: The other three riders we didn't name in the front group are Aurélien Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroën), Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Vincenzo Albanese (EOLO-Kometa). They have over 10 seconds on what's left of the peloton. It only took about 80km for this to happen.

93km to go: Painful looking crash at the back of the peloton, with three riders involved. Stefan De Bod (EF Education-EasyPost) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) were definitely involved, with an unidentified Israel Premier-Tech rider sliding out on the slippery corner and staying down after falling on his shoulder. On GCN, they speculated it was Stephen Williams, but no confirmation yet.

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86km to go: Well, the day's break has finally been allowed to go. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step), the race leader, stopped for a comfort break at the bottom of the descent from the Passo delle Crocelle, and the gap blossomed.

82km to go: Can confirm that it was Stevie Williams of Israel-Premier Tech who fell on the last descent, but according to his team he is OK and back on the bike. Good news.

65km to go: The breakaway remains serene, with almost four minutes over the peloton.


27km to go: As the race starts to approach the final climb, the break is at 5.34, and Soudal-Quick Step are perking up, putting men on the front in an effort to reduce that gap. They're clearly not keen to take risks, even if Remco Evenepoel does want to offload that jersey.

15km to go: Andreas Leknessund goes through the sprint at Montella in first place, barely contested. He picks up three seconds towards the GC ahead of Vincenzo Albanese (2 secs) and Toms Skujinš (1 sec).

11km to go: There's still a gap of four and a half minutes between the peloton and the breakaway, which could mean a change in the maglia rosa at the end of the day.

7km to go: First attack from the breakaway! Nicola Conci eases off the front, while Warren Barguil is dropped off the back. Toms Skuijnš is chasing onto Conci's back wheel.

6km to go: Toms Skujinš makes what looks like a fairly concerted bid to go solo off the front of the break, which still has more than three minutes on the bunch. 6km is a long way on a climb like this though.

5.5km to go: Leknessund drags the break back up to, and past Skujinš. Albanese is dropped though.

5km to go: Things are moving fast on this mountain. It's now Leknessund, Ghebriegzhabier and Paret-Peintre off the front, with a significant gap.

4.3km to go: Ineos Grenadiers pulling hard back in the peloton; the gap to the front runners now down to 2.37.

3.8km to go: Leknessund goes! Paret-Peintre grits his teeth and tries to hang on, but the Norwegian has forged ahead solo.

1km to go: Paret-Peintre takes the KoM points at the top of this final climb, the Colle Molella, just ahead of Leknessund. It looks to be between these two now, though it's getting a bit cat-and-mouse, which could backfire.

0km to go: Paret-Peintre takes the win! In the end Leknessund couldn't put up much of a fight.

He may have lost out in the sprint for the stage but Leknessund has taken the maglia rosa. He's not going to be too unhappy with that. It makes him the first Norwegian to lead the race since Knut Knudsen in 1975.

Thibaut Pinot has retained the blue King of the Mountains jersey, despite a concerted attempt on the classification from Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier.

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