By Shane Stokes in Giubiasco
Although he has amassed a hugely impressive palmarès, including three rainbow jerseys, Oscar Freire has also had to contend with many injuries during his career. He won a stage in last year's Tour de Suisse but will miss out this time due to a fall he had in the sprint finish on day two.
"I don't feel very good," he said prior to stage five yesterday. "After the crash I had pain in my back. Yesterday my back was very bad, we will see today. I think it is only one contusion so I hope to be okay in a few days."