Mathias Frank of the BMC Racing Team kept the lead at the Tour de Suisse Tuesday, finishing 23rd in the field sprint that was won by Arnaud Démare (FDJ).
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Frank said things could hardly have gone any better during his first day in the yellow leader’s jersey. “It really worked out well for us with a small group going,” he said. “The last few kilometers were very nervous, but I have a really good team around me – the best guys you can have for this job. I was confident that I just had to stay in their wheel and they would keep me out of trouble.” Frank, who turned professional in 2008, is leading a stage race for the first time since he led for one day at the 2012 Giro del Trentino. With four riders within a minute of him, Frank said he is confident about maintaining his advantage over second-placed Roman Kreuziger (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) and Rui Costa (Movistar Team) in Wednesday’s 178.4-kilometer race. “It’s mostly on my home roads, so I know it pretty well,” he said. “I think it is going to be another nice stage.”
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