After riding for his teammates during the first stages, Simone Petilli joined the breakaway this Saturday during the fourth stage of the Tour of Norway. The Italian occupied the front of the race within a group of twenty riders, who benefited from up to five minutes.
The peloton was however able to control the gap with the fugitives, so that the last survivor was within reach at the start of the local circuit of Sandnes, which included an 800 meter climb with gradients of 10% average.
Surrounded by three teammates on the last lap, Alexander Kristoff hung on to contest a possible sprint, but the riders in the general classification then accelerated in the last difficulty and only eight riders were able to fight for the honors. Laurens Huys, who was among these riders, took seventh place and retains his seventh place overall.