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Freire plans world's recce

Reigning world champion Oscar Freire, one of a handful of riders to have won the rainbow jersey three times, plans to get to know the course for the 2005 world championships intimately over the next few months.

This year's world's will be held in Madrid, in Freire's home country of Spain, and the popular sprinter aims to become the first four-time world champion on home soil.

Freire, who already has maps and course profiles of the Madrid circuit, told Marca, "For the moment I am concentrating on the races of the old World Cup, but once we're done with Liege-Bastogne-Liege I will go to Madrid to see for my self what the world's course is like."

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