Mathias Frank

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Mathias Frank
Grand départ 2017 102.jpg
Frank at the 2017 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameMathias Frank
Born (1986-12-09) 9 December 1986 (age 31)
Roggliswil, Switzerland
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb; 10.1 st)
Team information
Current teamAG2R La Mondiale
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team(s)
Team Hörmann
Professional team(s)
2008Gerolsteiner
2009–2013BMC Racing Team[1]
2014–2016IAM Cycling
2017–AG2R La Mondiale
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2016)

Mathias Frank (born 9 December 1986) is a Swiss road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTeam AG2R La Mondiale.[2] He is considered as a strong climber, having finished 8th overall in the 2015 Tour de France, and winning a breakaway stage in the 2016 Vuelta a Espana.

Professional career[edit]

2008-2013[edit]

Mathias Frank started his professional cycling career with German outfit Gerolsteiner. He won his first ever professional win at the GP Triberg-Schwarzwald. However the German team folded after the season which meant Frank had to look elsewhere to continue his cycling career. It ended with a switch to BMC Racing Team. He raced for the BMC Team for 5 years, and won 3 races with BMC, and great results at the Tour de Suisse.

IAM Cycling (2014-2016)[edit]

In 2013 a new Swiss professional continental cycling team was created, and Frank moved to IAM Cycling for the 2014 season. He raced with the team for 3 years until it closed at the end of 2016. Frank finished 2nd overall at Tour de Suisse and 4th overall at Tour de Romandie in 2014. The following year 2015, Frank focused on racing the Tour de France general classification. He entered the breakaway on Stage 17 and finished 5th on that stage, advancing to 8th in the general classification. On Stage 19, Frank even advanced one place further in the general classification to 7th, however on Stage 20 to Alpe d'Huez, he dropped to 8th again, which he also ended up finishing in Paris. The following year 2016, Frank had bad luck in the Tour de France when he crashed out on Stage 14. This switched his focus to the Vuelta a Espana. He managed to get into several breakaways before finally winning a Stage on Stage 17.

AG2R La Mondiale (2017-present)[edit]

Frank signed a two-year contract with French squad AG2R La Mondiale, and moved his focus to supporting Romain Bardet in the Tour de France. Frank finished 7th overall in Tour de Suisse, as his preparation for the Tour de France. Frank helped Bardet reaching the podium in Paris. The following year Frank was left out of the Tour de France squad, however when Alexandre Geniez was lacking form, Frank was ready to step in and helped Bardet to 6th place in Paris.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2006
1st Stage 4 Tour des Aéroports
2nd Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
2007
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st Stage 5
1st Stage 4 Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
2008
1st GP Triberg-Schwarzwald
9th Overall Tour de l'Ain
2009
1st Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
6th Overall Tour of Ireland
8th Overall Tour de Wallonie
2010
Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey white.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey blue.svg Sprints classification
2011
6th Overall Tour de Suisse
2012
10th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
1st Jersey red.svg Swiss rider classification Tour de Suisse
10th Overall Tour of Utah
2013
Tour of Austria
1st Stages 4 & 5
2nd Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Stage 2
3rd Grand Prix de Wallonie
4th Overall Tour of California
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
2014
2nd Overall Critérium International
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey red.svg Swiss rider classification
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
2015
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Arctic Race of Norway
8th Overall Tour de France
2016
1st Stage 17 Vuelta a España
7th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
2017
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey red.svg Swiss rider classification
7th Boucles de l'Aulne
2018
4th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Tre Valli Varesine
9th Giro della Toscana
10th Overall Tour of California

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF 83
A yellow jersey Tour de France DNF DNF 8 DNF 30 55
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 94 37
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMC Racing Team (BMC) – USA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Mathias Frank joins AG2R La Mondiale | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.

External links[edit]

Media related to Mathias Frank at Wikimedia Commons