The Norwegian sprinter of the World Team sprinted for the victory in his national tour at the end of the fourth stage this Friday. Him teammates brilliantly managed the stage to ensure a group sprint in the streets of Kristiansand.
Italian rider Simone Petilli first led the peloton to control the gap with the early breakaway and to bring it back to a reasonable distance in the approach to the local circuit. This local lap contained the short Gimlekollen climb (1.4km at 5%).
To deal with the strength of the breakaway, the reinforcement of Julius Johansen, Laurens Huys and Adrien Petit made it possible to reel in the escapees, to neutralize counterattacks and finally also to position Alexander Kristoff for the final.
The former European champion finished third, obtaining his ninth podium of the season. Laurens Huys, who also finished in the first group of 40 riders, climbs to seventh place in the general classification.