July 28, 2005
Freire doubtful for 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."