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Mathias Frank rode as part of a breakaway during Wednesday's stage. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
Mathias Frank rode as part of a breakaway during Wednesday's stage. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Tour of Beijing, Stage 2: Frank In The Breakaway

10. October 2012

Riding on some of the same roads he did during a fan appreciation event four days earlier at the Tour of Beijing, BMC Racing Team's Mathias Frank was the leader again for a time Wednesday while featuring in a five-man breakaway.

Regaining Time Lost
Frank and teammate Martin Kohler were two of 10 professionals who joined 30 other amateur and recreational cyclists Sunday morning. But this time, it was Frank who was helping set the pace on a 126-kilometer stage that featured three categorized climbs. He and his fellow escapees enjoyed a maximum 3:15 lead after escaping 34 km into the race. But the first climb of the day – and the most difficult one – saw their lead evaporate by the summit. Over the top, though, Frank remained in the select group of two dozen riders. "I wanted to get some seconds back that I lost yesterday," he said. "It was good to be in the first group. I stayed with them until it split up a little bit on the last climb." That's where stage winer and new race leader Tony Martin made his move, escaping on the descent to solo in 46 seconds ahead of a chase group of seven and a second group four seconds later that contained Frank. The BMC Racing Team rider is now 19th overall, 1:06 off the lead.

Queen Stage Thursday
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said he was pleased to see Taylor Phinney, Steve Cummings and Danilo Wyss finish in the second chasing group Wednesday on another sun-splashed day. "Taylor was pretty good today and is quite fast," he said. "Steve came around and Danilo was good. Obviously, we'll keep Mathias safe for the general classification and the other guys for stages." Thursday's 162.5 km stage features four categorized climbs, the last of which comes at the finish at the Badaling Great Wall. "Tomorrow is going to be another hard stage with a mountain-top finish," Frank said. "It will be the most important stage of the race so we'll see how it's going to go." Mauro Santambrogio did not start the race due to personal reasons, leaving the BMC Racing Team with six riders.