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Gerolsteiner signs young Swiss

Team Gerolsteiner has signed Mathias Frank to a two-year contract starting next season, after the Swiss youngster was a stagiaire at the team this fall. "Mathias came to our attention often this year with strong performances, and after his work with our team, Christian Henn, Christian Wegmann and I agreed that he fit in with our concept and with us very well," said Gerolsteiner manager Hans-Michael Holczer.

The 20 year-old was delighted that the German ProTour squad has taken him onboard. "I must surely still learn a lot about being a professional," noted Frank. "But I am really looking forward to it. And being able to do that in Team Gerolsteiner, where we Swiss have always done well - it just doesn't get any better."

This year Frank won the Thüringer Rundfahrt, a stage of the Swiss race GP Tell and was third overall in the Tour de France Compte. Frank was also a member of the Swiss Team Time Trial championship winning squad and claimed two more national titles in the Individual Time Trial and climbing disciplines.

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