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July 28, 2005

Freire doubtful for Vuelta

Eurosport | Freire unlikely for the Vuelta

Like Alejandro Valvderde, Oscar Freire of Rabobank is unlikely to make a start at the Vuelta in late August.

Freire, current world champion, had a gluteal tumor removed in June, and has already missed the Tour while recovering.

He has yet to resume normal training:

"As soon as I can, I'm going to focus on specific training exercises and I hope to take part in a few races in Italy. But for the time being, neither I, nor my team are thinking about making any plans," continued the 29-year-old.

"The world championships are very important for me but it's not any old village race. You've got to turn up in a good condition.

"My situation is as follows: I'm going to have to start preparing myself as if we were in the middle of winter."

Posted by Frank Steele on July 28, 2005 in Oscar Freire | Permalink