Oscar Freire Wins 2010 Paris-Tours

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10/10/2010| 0 comments
by AP, with additional commentary by Roadcycling.com

Oscar Freire Wins 2010 Paris-Tours

Three-time world champion Oscar Freire of Team Rabobank has won the 2010 Paris-Tours Fall classic ahead of Angelo Furlan (Team Lampre) and Gert Steegmans (Team RadioShack).

Rabobank's Oscar Freire of Spain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 233km Paris-Tours cycling race ahead of Lampre's Angelo Furlan (R) of Italy, in Tours October 10, 2010.   REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING)

Rabobank's Oscar Freire (C) of Spain, Lampre's Angelo Furlan (R) of Italy and Radioshack's Gert Steegmans (L) of Belgium celebrate on the podium after the 233km Paris-Tours cycling race, in Tours October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING)

Team Rabobank's three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Spain) won the 2010 Paris-Tours Fall classic in a bunch sprint finish earlier today.

Freire made his move at the end of the 144.5-mile route from La Loupe to Tours, overtaking Angelo Furlan (Team Lampre) at the line. Gerd Steegmans of Team RadioShack was third.

"The conditions were OK," Freire commented and added "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 Sunday's race in 4 hours, 52 minutes, 54 seconds. "Today was another chance."

Freire won his third Milan-San Remo classic in March.

After French rider, Stephane Bonsergent, crashed with about 12.4 miles to go, and fellow Frenchman Geoffroy Lequatre (Team RadioShack) launched a solo attack and forged ahead.

With just a couple miles left on a winding, sinewy finish with few long stretches to pick up speed, Lequatre had opened 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 about 400 meters from the finish 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.

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