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Mathias Frank (leading) rode to a season-best fourth place on the day. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Mathias Frank (leading) rode to a season-best fourth place on the day. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 16: Frank Fourth Out Of The Break

22. May 2012

BMC Racing Team's Mathias Frank scored his best individual result of the season Tuesday with a fourth place finish after riding nearly 120 kilometers in a breakaway at the Giro d'Italia.

Not At 100 Percent
Frank said the lingering effects of a cold kept him from following the decisive attack by solo stage winner Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) in the final four uphill kilometers. "I was taking antibiotics until yesterday, so I'm not at 100 percent," Frank said. "I did one effort at the end and couldn't recover anymore. Normally, this type of finish would be perfect for me." After a fast start that saw the peloton cover more than 50 of the 173 kilometers in the first hour, Frank was part of a group of 10 that got away not far from the home of BMC Racing Team's Manuel Quinziato. "We were going full gas to get away," Frank said. "Our whole team was riding well at the time and every breakaway had someone from the BMC Racing Team in it."

Moving Up On Team GC
With no one in the break capable of overtaking race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team), the peloton let the breaka gain a more than 12-minute advantage at one point. As the road pitched upward near the finish, Frank followed Izagirre's attack, then put in a dig of his own. But Izagirre responded a kilometer later and eventually soloed away for the win. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said Frank – who was part of the BMC Racing Team's winning team time trial squad at the Giro del Trentino last month – did everything right given he wasn't racing at full strength. "I think he played his cards in a good way," Sciandri said. "His positioning was good, he attacked the climb and he closed the gap the first time when Izagirre attacked. Plus, we moved up on the team GC (general classification), which we have our eye on."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Frank and Sciandri on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.