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March 27, 2005

Freire takes Brabantse Pijl; Armstrong back in pack

Eurosport | Freire wins Brabantse Pijl

Oscar Freire continued his strong spring, winning at Brabantse Pijl/Fleche Brabanconne in a breakaway with QuickStep's Marc Lotz and Davitamon's Axel Merckx. Neither Lotz nor Merckx had the finishing kick to sprint with the current world champion after riding away from a group of 15.

Top 10:
1) Oscar Freire, Rabobank, 3:38:56
2) Marc Lotz, QuickStep, same time
3) Axel Merckx Davitamon-Lotto, same time
4) Wim Van Huffel, Davitamon-Lotto, at :37
5) Karsten Kroon, Rabobank, same time
6) George Hincapie, Discovery Channel, same time
7) Nick Nuyens, QuickStep, same time
8) Simon Gerrans, AG2R, same time
9) Vladimir Gusev, CSC, same time
10) Sébastien Joly, Credit Agricole, same time

Lance Armstrong returned to racing, riding in support of George Hincapie, who got into the lead group, and finished 6th on the day. Next up for Armstrong is Paris-Camembert on Tuesday, then the Tour of Flanders Sunday, where Freire must head the list of favorites.

Posted by Frank Steele on March 27, 2005 in George Hincapie, Lance Armstrong, Oscar Freire | Permalink

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