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Brabantse Pijl wrap-up

Oscar Freire (Rabobank)

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) (Image credit: AFP)

Double success for triple world champ

Rabobank's trump card Oscar Freire has given the Dutch team a morale boosting victory by taking his second Brabantse Pijl in a row. Freire benefited from some solid teamwork from Juan Antonio Flecha when the pair escaped with Nick Nuyens (Quick.Step) and Karsten Kroon (CSC) with 7 km to go. Flecha gave it everything to keep it together for the final climb, where Freire could use his superior sprint to beat Kroon and Nuyens.

"This victory makes me very happy because it's never easy to get a win," Freire told Sporza in Spanish after the race. "The contenders were very strong but our team performed very well, particularly Flecha. I had a lot of physical problems last year, though I still could do some training in the winter."

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