Frankiny Maintains Third on GC At Giro della Valle d’Aosta14. July 2016, Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (FRA) — Development Team
Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc headed to France today for a summit finish up Le Bettex to Saint - Gervais Mont Blanc where Kilian Frankiny came home in seventh place behind stage winner, and new race leader, Mark Padun (Team Colpack)
A group of nine riders were able to establish a lead early into Stage 2 within 40 kilometers of racing they had extended a gap of 2 minutes 25 seconds back to the peloton.
Padun was one of the few remaining riders from this group able to stay out in front and launched a solo attack on the final climb of the day, leaving the rest of the bunch to battle it out for the remaining places behind him.
Frankiny remains third on the General Classification as we head back to Italy for Stage 3 tomorrow, 3 minutes and 5 seconds behind Padun.
Quotes of the day
Sports Director Jens Blatter said: “Of course we’re a little disappointed to lose the yellow jersey but we knew it would be difficult to defend with only five riders. [Patrick] Müller and [Sam] Dobbs did a great job and rode at the front for most of the day to keep the gap to the breakaway under four minutes. The team really did a great job all day and gave it everything they had. Kilian is still in a good position on the GC and with three more stage to come we will still be giving it 100 per cent.”
Kilian Frankiny said: “I was feeling really good today. Sam and Patrick did a great job working at the front of the peloton for a lot of the stage. Unfortunately at the end we weren't able to catch the last two breakaway riders but when the other GC guys started to speed up I was able to follow them. I was able to follow every attack from that group but today so could everyone else and only in the last 200m, when it was very steep, was I able to take a little bit of gap. Tomorrow’s final climb is even harder than today but I am really looking forward to it.”
Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc (UCI 2.2)
Stage 2: Morillon - Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc, 138.4km
Top 3: 1. Mark Padun (Team Colpack) 2. Nicola Bagioli (Zalf Euromobile Désirée Fior) 3. Enric Mas (Klein Constantia)
BMC Development Team Top 3:
7. Kilian Frankiny
33. Taylor Eisenhart
36. Pavel Sivakov