Freire to miss Milano-Sanremo

After his crash and subsequent abandonment at the Tour of California, Oscar Freire will now miss...

After his crash and subsequent abandonment at the Tour of California, Oscar Freire will now miss Milano-Sanremo. Two broken ribs suffered in the fall during stage four have ruled the Spaniard out of la Primavera, which is a perennial target for Rabobank's experienced sprinter.

Reuters has also reported that he may miss Tirreno-Adriatico as a result of his injuries, a massive blow for Freire given that the Italian stage race is vital preparation leading into the first Grand Tour of 2009, the Giro d'Italia. "The chances that he rides Tirreno-Adriatico are almost zero," said Rabobank directeur Erik Breukink. "And he also has to miss Milano-Sanremo, his first goal of the season."

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