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The BMC Racing Team fielded nine riders for the first race of the Trofeo de Mallorca, including defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (far right). (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
The BMC Racing Team fielded nine riders for the first race of the Trofeo de Mallorca, including defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (far right). (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

Trofeo Palma: Putting Safety First

5. February 2012

Palma, Spain

With no sprinter in its line-up and the Spanish island of Mallorca covered by the snow, the BMC Racing Team played it safe in Sunday's Trofeo Palma, the opening day of the Trofeo de Mallorca and its first European race of the season.

Frank Involved In Crash

Riders set off on slippery roads for the 116-kilometer race that included 10 laps in the center of Palma. "The plan was to stay safe because we had no sprinter here," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. "So the goal was to avoid crashes and to not put yourself in dangerous situations." Unfortunately, Mathias Frank could not avoid a crash. "The road was pretty slippery and I was forced to brake in the downhill with a guy in front of me who almost crashed," he said. "I have few bruises but nothing serious." Even though he was not seriously hurt, Frank was forced to abandon. "Once in the bus, he was upset with himself, because he felt he could have continued," Sciandri said. "After his crash he tried to chase the group, but the commissaires pulled him out of the race." Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) took the win in a bunch sprint. Yannick Eijssen, in 80th place, was the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider. "It was an easy start," Sciandri said. "For us, the race will start tomorrow."