Freire out of Flanders

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) will not be at the start of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. His Dutch...

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) will not be at the start of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. His Dutch Rabobank team told the press that the World Champion is down with the 'flu and will be replaced by Aussie Mathew Hayman. Freire had decided to ride the Ronde van Vlaanderen despite a saddle sore that had turned into an infection, but will now have to forfeit it completely. The World Champion is currently ranked second in the ProTour standings behind Alessandro Petacchi.

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