March 13, 2004
Tirreno-Adriatico: Freire takes stage and lead
Oscar Freire of Rabobank took Stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico Friday in a bunch sprint at the end of a stage hard enough to separate the overall contenders from the pure sprinters.
Freire beat Vladimir Duma of Landbouwkrediet to the line, just ahead of fellow Rabobank rider Michael Boogerd. Danilo Hondo of Gerolsteiner and T-Mobile's Erik Zabel rounded out the day's top 5.
The win gives Freire, twice world champion, the overall lead, replacing Alessandro Petacchi, who won the race's first two stages.