Frankiny Takes Overall Victory at Giro della Valle d’Aosta17. July 2016, Breuil Cervinia (ITA) — Development Team
Kilian Frankiny took overall victory at Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc after being locked in a battle for yellow on the slopes of the final 17 kilometer climb to Breuil Cervinia.
Mark Padun (Team Colpack) and his teammate Edward Ravasi went on the on the attack with 10 kilometers to go and were able extend an advantage over Frankiny.The pair rode together all the way to the finish with Ravasi taking the stage win.
The race for the General Classification continued behind them with Frankiny and Enric Mas (Klein Constantia) racing hard to minimise the time gap.
After his impressive efforts on yesterday’s stage, Frankiny dug deep over the final five kilometers and eventually crossed the line in fourth place to secure overall victory with an eight second advantage over Mas and eleven seconds ahead of Padun.
There was also a top ten finish for Pavel Sivakov on the General Classification. His solid efforts over this week saw him finish eighth, six minutes and 39 seconds behind Frankiny.
Winner’s Interview with Kilian Frankiny
Congratulations, Kilian. It was a thrilling finale to the race, can you describe how you are feeling right now?
“Yeah, it was definitely an exciting race at the end. I was giving it everything and when Mas and Padun went I knew that it would be very close at the end. I gave everything to win and I am really happy I was able to do it.”
“I didn’t know as I crossed the line if I had won so there was bit of waiting to find out but when they told me it was amazing! I couldn’t believe it, I’m not sure I believe it now. It's like a wonderful dream.”
The team came to this race with a plan to help you win the General Classification, what has it been like this week for you?
“The whole week has been fantastic. The team has done a fantastic job right up until the very end of the race. Today TJ [Taylor Eisenhart] did a great job pulling at the front on the first Category One climb. He set the pace really high so no one could attack and Patrick [Müller] and Pavel [Sivakov] both did a really good job pulling back the breakaway early on in the day. I feel very proud to have won this yellow jersey for myself and the team.”
What was the race like to the summit of the final climb?
“I was with Padun and Ravasi as we reached the final climb and when they attacked it was just too fast for me today. When they were distancing themselves from me, I was feeling a bit nervous but I rode my best, I gave it everything I had and thankfully it was enough today!”
Sports Director Jens Blatter said: “I think this is one of the team’s biggest successes to date. I'm so happy for Kilian and really proud of the whole team and how they have rode all week. They fought really hard for our ultimate goal and it worked.”
“Today, Patrick Müller worked hard early on to control all the breakaways and then TJ [Taylor Eisnehart] lead the GC group over a tough 21 kilometer climb before [Pavel] Sivakov pulled at the front with 30 kilometers to go. In the end, on the last climb of the day, Frankiny was alone with the main GC guys and really had to fight to stay in yellow. There were a lot of attacks and, after his efforts yesterday, he could could not go with all of them. Padun and Mas were once again really strong but Kilian never gave up and fought for every second to defend the yellow jersey and take the overall win.”
“I must thank the whole team for their efforts this week. Not only all the riders but also the team staff. This is a victory for everyone!”
Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc (UCI 2.2)
Stage 5: Valtournenche - Breuil Cervinia, 107.3km
Top 3: 1. Edward Ravasi (Team Colpack) 2. Mark Padun (Team Colpack) 3. Enric Mas (Klein Constantia)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 4. Kilian Frankiny 11. Pavel Sivakov 48. Patrick Müller
Top 3 on GC: 1. Kilian Frankiny (BMC Development Team) 2. Enric Mas (Klein Constantia) 3. Mark Padun (Team Colpack)
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 1. Kilian Frankiny 8. Pavel Sivakov 43. Taylor Eisenhart