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In eighth overall, Mathias Frank is best-placed for the BMC Racing Team. (BMC Racing Team)
In eighth overall, Mathias Frank is best-placed for the BMC Racing Team. (BMC Racing Team)

Tour de Suisse, Stage 2: Frank Into Eighth

12. June 2011

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Mathias Frank climbed his way into the top 10 Sunday at the Tour de Suisse with an aggressive strategy that led to eighth place on the stage.

Tough Day Ahead

"When I saw that (Frank) Schleck was alone, I thought it was a good moment to follow the attacks," Frank said. "But they brought us back at the bottom of the last climb. I'm happy with my place because I didn't know exactly where I stood after the Giro d'Italia. But I did some good training this past week." Maurice Soler (Movistar) soloed to win the stage and take the overall lead. Frank is eighth overall, 52 seconds back. "It's going to be a really hard stage tomorrow," Frank said, "with probably the hardest climb of the tour and one of the most important stages. We'll see how it goes."