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The disappointment of a crash that ended his race shows on the face of Mathias Frank. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
The disappointment of a crash that ended his race shows on the face of Mathias Frank. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Tour de Pologne, Stage 6: Van Avermaet Sprints To Fourth; Frank Out After Crash

15. luglio 2012

A high-speed crash Sunday at the Tour de Pologne dashed the general classification hopes of BMC Racing Team's Mathias Frank while teammate Greg Van Avermaet sprinted to fourth on the toughest stage to move into the top 20 with one day to go.

No Broken Bones
Sitting only 13 seconds off the race lead, Frank went on the attack inside the final eight kilometers of the 191.8 km. Moments later, he said he was skidding across the pavement at 70 kilometers an hour. "There was one guy on my wheel in the downhill and all of a sudden he went full gas into my back wheel and just knocked me over," Frank said. "I'm super disappointed because I was really feeling strong." Dr. Scott Major said Frank has a lot of abrasions and some deep contusions, but no broken bones. Van Avermaet was in the mix at the end of the race but said he couldn't match the speed of stage winner and race leader Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale), who came from way back to edge out a fading Sergio Luis Henao (Sky Procycling) at the line. "It's really too bad I lost time on Stage 1 because there were only 40 guys in the front group that day," Van Avermaet said. "Normally I would have been there, but I hadn't raced much before then and I wasn't having a super day." Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler withdrew from the race after about 80 km, citing fatigue.