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BMC Racing Team's Mathias Frank spent time climbing with race leader Kevin Seeldraeyers (in yellow). (© Photo: Mario Stiehl)
BMC Racing Team's Mathias Frank spent time climbing with race leader Kevin Seeldraeyers (in yellow). (© Photo: Mario Stiehl)

Tour of Austria, Stage 2: Finish On The Kitzbüheler Horn

1. July 2013

Dominik Nerz was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher Monday at the Tour of Austria as Astana Pro Team riders Kevin Seeldraeyers, Alexsandr Dyachenko and Fabio Aru broke away to score a 1-2-3 result on the challenging finish climb of the Kitzbüheler Horn.

Easier Stages Ahead
Nerz said he felt much better on the 7.7-kilometer ascent that averaged 12 percent than he did on the opening stage. He finished 23rd, 3:35 behind Seeldraeyers, who won for the second straight day to keep the race lead. "I had a really bad day yesterday, so I was just looking to support Mathias (Frank) a bit," Nerz said. "At the end, I just tried to go my best on the climb. Thankfully, the hardest part of the race is behind us. Yesterday and today, the stages weren't really long, but with the climbs at the end, it was really tough. The next few days should be a bit easier since the GC (general classification) is pretty much decided." Marco Pinotti (29th, at 4:25) and Frank (39th, 5:18 back) were also in the top 40 for the BMC Racing Team on the 157.4-kilometer stage. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said Tuesday's 119.7-km race could suit the strengths of Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd or Greg Van Avermaet. "Thor and Greg are both up to going for stages so we'll look at the finish climb tomorrow and see if it's not too steep," he said.