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Martin Kohler was named the most aggressive rider on the day. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Martin Kohler was named the most aggressive rider on the day. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Suisse, Stage 4: Kohler Most Aggressive, Frank Still Best Swiss

12. June 2012

Martin Kohler was named the day's most aggressive rider and Mathias Frank held onto the "Best Swiss Rider" jersey, but teammate Greg Van Avermaet lost out on his bid for the stage win Tuesday when the BMC Racing Team rider and his two breakaway companions were caught with two kilometers to go.

Hard To Beat Sagan
Van Avermaet and fellow escapees Martin Elmiger and Lars Petter Nordhaug still led by 43 seconds with 10 kilometers to go in the 188 km race that included a heavy downpour of rain in its final hour. "Martin and I were working good together to catch Nordhaug but when we caught him, we went slower with three than we did with two," Van Avermaet said. "It was a bit disappointing that we got caught because it would be nice to win a stage here. It's a ProTour race and one that's important for our sponsor, BMC. It's hard to beat (Peter) Sagan in a sprint so you have to try to do something else." Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) won his third stage in four days while Frank, who put in his own attack on the tough finishing circuit, finished 10th and is one of 29 riders within two minutes of the overall lead of Rui Costa (Movistar Team). For his part in an early nine-man breakaway, Kohler earned a moment on the podium. "I was feeling stronger today but the climb was just too steep for me," the Swiss national time trial champion. BMC Racing Team's Adam Blythe withdrew before the race reached its halfway mark, plagued by nagging pain in his upper thigh. "It was better to stop now than to injury myself any more," he said. "I hope to be ready for nationals."