March 12, 2005
Freire, Freire, Freire!
It's like everybody is just racing for 2nd at Tirreno-Adriatico this week, as Oscar Freire of Rabobank took his third consecutive stage, outsprinting Danilo Hondo and Fabrizio Guidi.
Freire was "aw-shucks" about the three-peat:
"I didn't go out to win this stage especially, I wasn't even that well positioned for the final sprint. I had to make a special effort to get back to the front."
Looks like Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico are changing fortunes: The riders in Italy are now the ones riding aside snowdrifts.