Frank wins stage 2 as Morton takes US Pro Challenge lead
Mathias Frank of Switzerland and the BMC Racing Team ride through a crowd of cpectators on the last climb during stage two of the USA Pro Challenge in Breckenridge, Colorado, on August 20, 2013. Frank went on to win the stage but Garmin-Sharp's Lachlan Morton overtook the leader's yellow jersey by two seconds.
"For me, the stage win was the most important thing," Frank said on Tuesday. "That's what I got, so I'm really happy."
Frank escaped with Morton and Lawson Craddock (Bontrager) from a large, late breakaway. He opened a gap on both on the final climb with four kilometers to go, but wasn't able to gain enough ground on Australia's Morton.
Morton seized the race lead from Cannondale's Peter Sagan, but the Slovakian champion didn't go down without a fight on the 202.9 kilometer stage from Aspen, which featured three major climbs.
Sagan, the 2013 Tour de France sprint jersey winner, attacked the field on the final climb and took Tejay van Garderen with him. The pair overtook Craddock in the final kilometers with Sagan easily taking third on the stage.
Morton leads the overall standings by two seconds over Frank, who was in a second group on the opening stage which lost five seconds.
Sagan is third overall, 11 seconds back.
Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Britain finished 76th in the stage, more than 11 minutes adrift.
The Sky rider, competing in Colorado for the first time, lies 76th in the overall standings going into Wednesday's third stage, 107 kilometers from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs.