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McEwen keeps an eye on Freire

After finishing second in Dax yesterday behind Oscar Freire, green jersey wearer Robbie McEwen is keeping a close eye on the Spaniard in the battle for the sprinters prize. McEwen currently holds a healthy 23 point lead over Tom Boonen and 30 over Oscar Freire, but he considers the climbing talents of Freire to be better than Boonen's.

"I did increase my advantage over Boonen and Bennati for the green, but it's Freire who is my most important rival for the jersey," McEwen told "He can easily get over the cols and can therefore eat into my lead. The hardest work is yet to come."

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