By Monika Prell
Tuesday in the Ruta del Sol, Oscar Freire had the possibility to win his second consecutive stage, but he offered the victory to his teammate Max van Heeswijk. The Dutch rider had already won in Jaén in 1998 and 2004. "I launched the sprint for Oscar, but near to the final line he pushed me and said me to 'go on,' and so I won easily," said the 33 year-old Rabobank rider.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, Van Heeswijk considers the town of Jaén already as "my talisman, because here I won for the third time a stage of the Vuelta Andalucía."