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Alessandro Ballan won the Tour de Pologne in the year 2009.  (photo: BMC/Tim de Waele)
Alessandro Ballan won the Tour de Pologne in the year 2009. (photo: BMC/Tim de Waele)

Tour de Pologne, Stage 2: Frank Moves Up

11. July 2012

Mathias Frank of the BMC Racing Team moved from 13th to 11th overall Wednesday at the Tour de Pologne on the longest stage of the race stage that featured rain at the beginning, a 140-kilometer long breakaway and a sprint to the finish in bright sunshine.

Plan To Protect Frank

After the last rider from a four-man breakaway was caught during the final lap of the finishing circuit at the end of the 239.4 km race, teams with field sprinters began setting up. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said the plan was to keep Frank safe after a crash had already taken down a number of riders. "We wanted to get Mathias safely in the front, being there was a circuit and it was tricky," he said. "That was the best plan because we don't have a true field sprinter here." Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) took the win as Stage 1 winner Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) kept the overall lead. Past world road champion Thor Hushovd said he was a bit more comfortable in the peloton, despite the heavy rain in the first hour. "I felt slightly better – not much – but I was trying to see if I could try in the sprint," he said. "But I had no chance, it was too fast." Frank, in 42nd place, was the team's best finisher on the stage.