BMC Tour de Suisse, Stage 5: Staying Attentive

The successfully protected the overall lead of for the second straight day Wednesday at the while another one of the top contenders crashed out of the race.

‘A Lot of Action’
Frank said he there were a few nervous moments during the 178.4-kilometer stage that ended in a bunch sprint won by () ahead of ( Pro Cycling). World road champion Philippe Gilbert was the ’s best finisher in 13th. “At the end, there was a lot of action, a lot of fighting going on,” Frank said. “There were one or two situations where I wasn’t in the best position. But 99 percent of the day went well and the team did a great job. Having a team around you like this is is perfect. I didn’t lose any time, so at the end it was a good day.” Frank still leads (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) by 23 seconds and Rui Costa (Movistar Team) by 35. But Costa’s teammate, – who had been fourth – crashed and could not continue. On Monday’s Stage 3, 2012 Giro d’Italia winner also crashed and had to leave the race. “You have to be attentive from beginning to the end,” Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. “We have to progress like we do in the Tour de France – day-by-day – and to protect Mathias and and to come to the final time trial on Sunday in good position. I am confident in the team we have. Those guys know what to do. They have already done big tours. They are classic guys and climbers. So there’s no reason to be nervous.”

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