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Klaas Lodewyck attacked his six breakaway companions with 21 km to go. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Klaas Lodewyck attacked his six breakaway companions with 21 km to go. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Suisse, Stage 5: Lodewyck Seventh And Most Aggressive

13. June 2012

Klaas Lodewyck's attack in the final 21 kilometers of Wednesday's stage of the Tour de Suisse earned the BMC Racing Team rider the day's most aggressive rider prize on the way to a season-best seventh place finish.

Frank Still Best Swiss
Lodewyck said he was feeling strong before the start of the 192.7 kilometer race that was run nearly entirely in the rain for the fourth straight day. Fewer than 10 kilometers in, he and six others escaped the field and built an insurmountable lead as they reached the 41 km finishing circuit. "I knew it was a good day to try to go for the victory," he said. "The two times we went over the climb, I felt really strong and was thinking if I attacked, I could hold it to the top. But then they attacked from behind and caught me. Mentally, I was broken and it was over for me."  More than 11 minutes after Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha Team) won the stage, Mathias Frank and the rest of the BMC Racing Team rolled in with the peloton, as Frank preserved his eight-second lead in the "Best Swiss Rider" competition. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said Thursday's 198.5 km stage will likely be a lot like Wednesday's race. "Whether it's a breakaway or a sprint will depend on which teams decide to control it," he said.