Six Months In: Kilian Frankiny on his Neo Pro Year19. June 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
At 23 years of age, Kilian Frankiny’s career is just starting. The Swiss neo pro graduated from BMC Development Team to BMC Racing Team in 2017 and has impressed at the eight races he has lined up at so far this season.
Kilian started his year at the Tour of Oman where he was part of the team that helped Ben Hermans claim the overall victory. Most recently, Kilian lined up alongside Richie Porte at the Critérium du Dauphiné where Richie did nothing but praise Kilian on his teamwork. As he warmed down after stage 1, this is what Richie had to say about Kilian: “It was the first time to ride with Kilian Frankiny and for me, he is going to be so good in the future. He was brilliant. He may be a neo professional but he was up with us the whole time and he was punching with some of the biggest names in cycling.”
So how have the first six months as a neo pro been for Kilian? Kilian summed it up for us...
"Every day at the Critérium du Dauphiné, I felt better and better. After a month without racing because of my heart problem, I missed that race feeling a bit, the race rhythm. It was very nice with the team and the race atmosphere. Having the yellow jersey with Richie Porte gave everyone a boost in motivation and it was really exciting to be part of that."
"Coming from BMC Development Team, I was well prepared for my first year as a professional. The level is definitely so much higher. The Tour of the Alps in April was already a higher level than the races I did last year, so of course the UCI WorldTour races are a lot higher. The difference in speed is what you notice most and the battle for positioning, especially when you’re coming up to a climb. It’s a lot higher and more intense, especially when you are trying to battle for position with some of the best riders in the world."
"I did a lot of work at the front of the peloton when we had the yellow jersey and this can be really stressful. When you know you have six or seven guys on your wheel, you want to do the best you can and fight for the best position. It is a big responsibility when you have the yellow jersey in the team so it was a good experience to have."
"I’ve already learned a lot in my first six months with BMC Racing Team. With every race I get a better idea of how to ride for a leader and what they want from you. At the Critérium du Dauphiné, it was really helpful to have Nicolas Roche, Danilo Wyss and Amaël Moinard with me. They really looked out for me and gave me a lot of advice about the race, where I should be and how I should ride. It’s nice to have so many experienced teammates as I know by racing with them, I can keep learning and developing as a rider."
"I hope to learn more and more in the next six months. It’s been really amazing to have raced two UCI WorldTour stage races so I just want to keep going as I am, and help the team as much as possible at every race."