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Oscar Freire wins Paris-Tours in bunched sprint

Oscar Freire wins Paris-Tours in bunched sprint

Three-time world champion Oscar Freire of Spain won the Paris-Tours classic in a bunched sprint finish on Sunday.
Freire made his move at the end of the 233-kilometer (144.5-kilometer) route from La Loupe to Tours, overtaking Angelo Furlan of Italy at the line. Gerg Steegmans of Belgium was third.
"I thought I had a good chance today because the conditions were OK," the Rabobank rider Freire said. "I tried to stay near the front because there were a lot of attacks. In the end we controlled the race."
Freire's win was a morale boost after the 34-year-old cyclist finished a disappointing sixth at the world championship road race in Geelong, Australia a week ago.
"I was in good condition for the worlds, but we did a really bad race because we were at the back just at an important moment," said Freire, who won in four hours, 52 minutes and 54 seconds. "Today was another chance."
Freire won his third Milan-San Remo classic in March.
After French rider Stephane Bonsergent had crashed with about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) to go, another French rider Geoffroy Lequatre launched a solo attack and forged ahead.
With seven kilometers to go on a winding, sinewy finish with few long stretches to pick up speed, Lequatre had opened up a lead of 24 seconds on the chasing pack.
Only Italian rider Matteo Tosatto tried to follow him but he was soon caught up, while Lequatre was overtaken some 400 meters from the line.
Lequatre's best career performance is a stage win at the Tour of Britain in 2008 _ where he briefly wore the race leader's yellow jersey.


Updated : 2021-10-21 11:26 GMT+08:00