Freire wins Tour de France's 14th stage

DIGNE-LES-BAINES, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Oscar Freire of Spain dashed to a win in the Tour de France's 14th stage Saturday but Australia's Cadel Evans clung to the yellow leader's jersey by one second.

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BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France, July 13 (UPI) -- Tom Boonen finished first in a sprint to the finish Friday, winning the 125-mile Tour de France sixth stage, and Fabian Cancellara held onto his overall lead.

Pozzato takes Tour de France fifth stage

AUTUN, France, July 12 (UPI) -- Filippo Pozzato won Thursday's 114-mile fifth stage of the Tour de France and overall leader Fabian Cancellara stretched his advantage to 33 seconds.

Popovych wins 12th stage, Landis leads

CARCASSONNE, France, July 14 (UPI) -- Yaroslav Popovych broke from a pack to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France, but American Floyd Landis remained the overall race leader. The Ukrainian riding for the Discovery Channel team covered the 211-kilometers from Luchon to Carcasonne in France

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ROUEN, France, July 12 (UPI) -- Erik Zabel of Germany Friday won the sixth stage of the Tour de France while Igor Gonzalez Galdeano of Spain retained the yellow jersey as overall leader.

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SARREBRUCK, Germany, July 8 (UPI) -- Oscar Freire of Spain edged local favorite Erik Zabel Monday to win the second stage of the Tour de France as Rubens Bertogliati of Switzerland maintained the o
Oscar Freire
Oscar Freire of Spain wears the green jersey for top sprinter after the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris on July 27, 2008. Carlos Sastre of Spain, previously a five-time top-ten finisher of the race, won the overall title for the first time. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Óscar Freire Gómez (Born February 15, 1976 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for the UCI ProTeam Rabobank. Freire is considered one of the top sprinters in road bicycle racing, having won the World Cycling Championship on a record-equalling three occasions, along with Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen and Eddy Merckx, and the cycling monument Milan-Sanremo on two occasions.

Freire became professional in 1998 at the Vitalicio Seguros team. Through the 1998 season Freire only won one race, a stage in the Vuelta a Castilla y León, and achieved eleventh place in the Paris-Tours UCI Road World Cup race. In 1999, Freire went the entire season without a major victory until the World Championships in October. Although Freire went to the World Championships in Verona seemingly only to make up the numbers of the Spanish team, he went on to take an unexpected victory. A photograph taken shortly after his win, in which he is calling his grandmother (who had no television) to tell her he had won, became famous. He spent the prize money on an elevator for his grandmother's apartment.

Freire is a sprinter who, unlike many other sprinters, does not need much help from his team mates to get into good position for a win. Despite his diminutive stature, Freire is one of the most feared sprinters in the peloton. He usually draws his own plan in which he hopes the element of surprise gives him the victory. Freire sometimes gets criticized for his training ethic, since he usually rides only half the training miles in comparison with other cyclists.

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