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Historic leadership of Leknessund in the Giro and Paret-Peintre conquers Lake Laceno

Historic leadership of Leknessund in the Giro and Paret-Peintre conquers Lake Laceno

“A lot of broth, a lot of broth” (very hot). It was one of the most repeated phrases by the runners in the Tour of Italy 2022, one of the hottest in recent times with temperatures settling above 30 degrees each day. But this year, the Pink Corsa He returns to his essence, to his origin. And it is that the fourth stage was passed through water, with just 15º, to add those epic overtones that go hand in hand with this race throughout its history. Although for history, the performance of Andreas Leknessund (23 years), who became the new leader of the Giro, something a Norwegian had not achieved since Knut Knudsen in the 1981 edition. The young talent from the DSM suffered and was on the verge of achieving the double with the stage victory, an honor from which he was deprived of a Aurélien Paret-Peintre (27) which he finished off from the breakaway to open his box of victories in the great tours. Zero battle between the men in the general classification, as expected, for which Remco Evenepoel delivered a pink jersey that Leknessund will now be able to enjoy, at least, during the next two flat stages.

the Apennines arrived to the Italian round and the tension began to be felt, even before the starting signal. Jay Vine he suffered a mechanical problem, he was on his way to rejoin the peloton when he was about to crash while he was clinging to the UAE team car. He miraculously recovered his balance, something he was unable to avoid in La Vuelta 2021 when he suffered a fall in a very similar maneuver. When the action began, we experienced a tremendous spectacle. As they say in cycling slang, ‘it rained sticks’ at large. One of those who was crazy about music was Ben Healy, who attacked several times to try to open the gap necessary to form the escape. There was a moment when a group of a spectacular level was formed, where men like Brandon McNulty, Stefan Küng, Einer Rubio managed to filter through… Quick-Step closed some of those cuts in an incomprehensible way, since that The situation was perfect for Evenepoel to give up the pink, as warned days before.

The pace was just brutal. After the first 50 km of a journey in permanent up and down, the average speed was over 44 km/h. A fight without quarter. This translated, logically, into the impossibility of seeing a consolidated breakaway. For added excitement, both Evenepoel like Almeida, either due to forgetfulness or bad feelings, came to drop from the peloton, it was completely broken, at some point. And… The first port had not yet been reached! It cost sweat and tears, but, completed the descent of the Passo delle Crocelle, seven runners established the escape: Paret-Peintre (AG2R), Conci (Alpecin), Albanese (EOLO), Barguil (Arkéa), Leknessund (DSM), Ghebreigzabhier and Skujins (Trek).

Up to there came the income of the fragmented peloton, which, when passing through the refreshment zone, raised a white flag. Many took the opportunity to remove their clothes, including a Evenepoel who was bundled up with long sleeves and leggings. Of course, without gloves, his hallmark… With the majority of the breakaways some 2 minutes behind the lead and the Quick-Step limiting himself to temporizing the rhythm so that only the differences did not become a problem in the future, one thing was clear: the pink jersey would change of owner.

Arriving at the last ascent, the group of escapees maintained an advantage of more than 4 minutes, so that on the ramps of the Colle Molella (9.6 km at 6.2%) Two battles were expected: one for the stage and the lead, another between the men in the general classification. At the moment of truth, only the first took place. Oldani and Skujins trusted everything to a distant attack that was unsuccessful. Leknessund went solo after just over 4km, but Paret-Peintre gritted his teeth to chase him before the summit and then beat him to the sprint. Sharing of joys From behind, Ineos tightened the rope seeing that Remco had been left completely alone, without the collaboration of a gregarious entourage (Hirt, Van Wilder…) who showed quite a bit of weakness. Despite everything, no direct rival of Remco, nor himself, decided to go on the attack. There is a lot ahead. He had to save the gunpowder.

General ranking
after
cyclist
Equipment Time
1


Aurélien Paret

ACT 4:16:04
2


Andreas Leknessund

DSM +00:02
3


Tom Skujins

TFS +00:57
4


Vincenzo Albanese

OK +00:57
5


Nicola Conci

ADC +01:02
6


Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier

TFS +01:07
7


koen bouwman

TJV +02:01
8


Damiano Caruso

TBV +02:01
9


Edward Dunbar

JAY +02:01
10


Alexander Vlasov

BOH +02:01
after
cyclist
Equipment Time
1


Andreas Leknessund

DSM 2:35:44 p.m.
2


Remco Evenepoel

SOQ +00:28
3


Aurélien Paret

ACT +00:30
4


Joao Almeida

UAD +01:00
5


Cousin Roglic

TJV +01:12
6


Geraint Thomas

IGD +01:26
7


Alexander Vlasov

BOH +01:26
8


Tom Skujins

TFS +01:29
9


Tao Geoghegan

IGD +01:30
10


Jay Vine

UAD +01:36

See complete classification

stages

  • 2

    Teramo – San Salvo


    jonathan milan
    TBV

    202km

    Sun. 07-May

  • 3

    Vast – Melfi


    michael matthews
    JAY

    213km

    Mon. 08-May

  • 4

    Venosa – Lake Lacene


    Aurélien Paret
    ACT

    175km

    Mar. 09-May

  • 5

    Atripalda – Salerno

    171km

    Wed. May-10

  • 6

    Naples – Naples

    100 miles

    Thu. May-11

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