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Rabo happy with Freire

Oscar Freire did well in Monday's Tour de Suisse stage, finishing approximately one minute behind surprise winner Alessandro Proni. Team manager Adri van Houwelingen was especially pleased with Freire, who was suffering from back and neck pains after a crash Sunday.

"But he has not spoken a word about it today," he said on the team's website, rabobank.nl. "Oscar was in very good shape today. It will be too tough for him on Tuesday, but you can definitely put him down again for Wednesday."

The Tour de Suisse is Freire's first race since Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

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