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Mathias Frank

Mathias Frank is a Swiss road bicycle racer, who rides for UCI WorldTeam AG2R La Mondiale. He is considered as a strong climber, having finished 8th overall in the 2015 Tour de France, winning a breakaway stage in the 2016 Vuelta a España. Mathias Frank started his professional cycling career with German outfit Gerolsteiner, he won his first 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, won 3 races with BMC, great results at the Tour de Suisse. In 2013 a new Swiss professional continental cycling team was created, 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 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 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 winning a Stage on Stage 17. Frank signed a two-year contract with French squad AG2R La Mondiale, 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. Media related to Mathias Frank at Wikimedia Commons Mathias Frank at Cycling Archives

Kim Il-chol

Kim Il-chol is a former member of the North Korean National Defence Commission of North Korea and former Minister for Defence. He was born in Pyongyang in 1933, he graduated from Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and the "Soviet Union Naval Academy". Although the North Korean army depends on ground troops, Admiral Kim, commander of the Korean People's Navy since 1982 was installed in the highest military position of the head of the Minister of the People's Armed Forces in 1998, filling a vacancy left by Choe Kwang, who died in February 1997, something that indicated that he was trusted by Kim Jong-il. Kim Il-chol participated as a senior delegate in the inter-Korean Defense Minister’s meeting held for the first time since the division of the Korean peninsula in September 2000. Kim was appointed to the National Defence Commission in 1988, he was removed from all positions in 2010 due to his advanced age