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Frankiny Rides into the Yellow on Giro della Valle d’Aosta Stage 4

16. July 2016, Fénis - Clavalité (ITA) — Development Team

Kilian Frankiny talks to the race after taking victory on Stage 4. © BMC

Kilian Frankiny took victory for BMC Development Team on Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc Stage 4 and now leads the General Classification with only one stage to go.

On the final climb Frankiny found himself in a two-way battle for victory with Enric Mas (Klein Constantia). Mas attacked early into the climb but Frankiny had him in his sights and was able to maintain his power up the steep slopes to Fénis - Clavalité.

The pair were soon back riding side by side and as they headed for the final summit of the day Frankiny was able to drop Mas and rode solo over the final kilometer to take the win.

Frankiny now heads into tomorrow’s final stage as the new race leader, 15 seconds ahead of Mas.

BMC Development Team’s Pavel Sivakov is also in the top ten on the General Classification. He sits seventh, 4 minutes and 13 seconds behind Frankiny.

Winnner’s Interview with Kilian Frankiny

Congratulations, Kilian. Can you describe how you were feeling as you rode over the line into yellow?

“I honestly can’t believe that I won today. It is such great feeling. The team worked really hard all day. The race was very hard at the beginning, there were a lot of attacks early on but only after 60 kilometers did a breakaway escape and then it was a bit easier in the peloton. The last three climbs came soon after and I felt really good on the first one, the pace was fast but I was could follow easily. There were still around 50 riders in the bunch after that and then the team, especially TJ [Taylor Eisenhart], rode really well on the second and made the race hard for everyone.”

What was the race between yourself and Enric Mas like on the final climb?

“As we reached the top of the second to last climb only six riders remained and we were able to catch most of the breakaway. We the headed for the descent and at the end it was only myself, Mas and two remaining breakaway riders. On the final climb Mas attacked after only one kilometer and was in front by around 20 seconds but after 5 kilometers I was back on his wheel him and then we rode together until 200m before the final summit. He then dropped of my wheel and I went full gas over the final, flat 1 kilometer. I thought he would come back but when he didn’t, I knew that I was going to take the win and it felt amazing.”

How do you feel about heading into the final stage as the race leader?

“It feels great! We have a good team who I know will go above and beyond to support me so I am definitely looking forward to the stage. I know the final climb well from last year so I hope that I can hold on to this yellow jersey up until the very end.”

Sports Director Jens Blatter said: "What a fantastic day for Kilian and for the whole team. They all did a fantastic job out there today and played out our plan perfectly. On the last climb it was a big fight between Mas and Frankiny. Mas attacked early but Frankiny was fighting hard and held his own rhythm to close the gap and then with just over one kilometer to go Kilian pushed hard and went for his victory! We know tomorrow is going to be a hard stage with the finish in Breuil Cervinia but we will be giving it everything to defend yellow.”

Race Profile

Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc (UCI 2.2)

Stage 4: Pontey - Fénis - Clavalité, 159.1km

Top 3: 1. Kilian Frankiny (BMC Development Team) 2. Enric Mas (Klein Constantia) 3. Ricardo Hernan Aquirre Calpa (Manzana Postbón Team)

BMC Development Team Top 3:

1. Kiilan Frankiny

12. Pavel Sivakov

59. Patrick Müller

On the final climb Frankiny found himself in a two-way battle for victory with Enric Mas (Klein Constantia). Max attacked early on into the climb but Frankiny had him in his sights and was able to maintain his power up the steep slopes to Fénis (Clavalité).

The pair were soon back riding side by side and as they headed for the final summit of the day Frankiny was able to drop Mas and rode solo over the final kilometer to take the win.

Frankiny now heads in to tomorrow’s final stage as the new race leader, 15 seconds ahead of Mas.

Winnner’s Interview with Kilian Frankiny

Congratulations, Kilian. Can you describe how you were feeling as you rode over the line into yellow?

What was the battle between yourself and Enric Mas like on the final climb?

How do you feel about heading into the final stage as the race leader?

“It feels great! We have a good team who I know will go above and beyond to support me so I am definitely looking forward to the stage. I know the final climb well from last year so I hope that I can hold on to this yellow jersey up until the very end.”

Sports Director Jens Blatter said:

Race Profile

Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc (UCI 2.2)

Stage 4: Pontey - Fénis - Clavalité, 159.1km

Top 3: 1. Kilian Frankiny (BMC Development Team) 2. Enric Mas (Klein Constantia) 3. Ricardo Hernan Aquirre Calpa (Manzana Postbón Team)

BMC Development Team Top 3:

1. Kiilan Frankiny

12. Pavel Sivakov

59. Patrick Müller

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