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Mathias Frank was competing in his first Tour de France. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Mathias Frank was competing in his first Tour de France. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Mathias Frank Out Of Tour de France

4. July 2010

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The BMC Racing Team will start Stage 1 of the Tour de France without Mathias Frank, who suffered a broken right thumb, a torn muscle in his left thigh and a badly cut lip in a high-speed crash during Saturday's prologue.

Hit The Barriers
Racing on rain-soaked streets in his first Tour, the 23-year-old Swiss crashed on a broad-sweeping, right-hand curve on the 8.9-kilometer course. "My back wheel slipped away on the painted lines," Frank said. "I thought I could get control again but I was too close to the barriers and hit the barriers going pretty fast." He is expected to be off the bike for at least a week.

A Big Loss
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said losing a rider in the Tour is always big, especially so early in the three-week race. "It's a loss for the team and a loss for Mathias because the Tour de France is always a dream for every rider," he said. "We know we have still have a strong team around Cadel (Evans) and we are already focusing on the next stages."