Remco Evenepoel concedes maglia rosa on mountainous Giro d'Italia fourth stage

Aurélien Paret-Peintre wins the stage as Andreas Leknessund takes first Norwegian pink jersey since 1975

Andreas Leknessund
(Image credit: Tim De Waele / Getty)

Remco Evenepoel said that he wanted to give up the pink jersey before today's stage four of the Giro d'Italia, and was true to his word. The coveted tunic rests tonight on the shoulders of Andreas Leknessund, the breakaway rider who became only the second Norwegian rider to wear the jersey in the race's history.

Victory on the mountainous 175km stage from Venosa to Lago Laceno, went to Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Ag2r-Citroën). The Frenchman clung tenaciously to Leknessund's attacks on the final climb of the Colle Molella, and then outgunned him in the sprint with little difficulty.

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