Freire has tumour removed

World champion Oscar Freire has a benign tumour removed from his gluteal region, and hopes to be bac

World champion Oscar Freire has a benign tumour removed from his gluteal region, and hopes to be bac

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World champion Oscar Freire has had a benign tumour removed from a buttock during an operation at an Amsterdam hospital on Tuesday. The doctor at Freire's Rabobank team, Jean-Paul Mantgem, said that surgeons had "removed a benign tumour from his gluteal region."

Mantgem added: "It was superficial and not dangerous, and consequently we expect him to return to training in two weeks." Mantgem also explained that it was not known whether the tumour had formed in recent weeks or had been formed over recent years.

"Oscar is happy with proceedings and will return to Spain on Wednesday," Mantgem said.

The Spaniard was forced to pull out of next month's Tour de France due to persistent problems in his pelvic region, which, it seems, were caused by the tumour. Assuming a rapid return to training, Freire will focus on September's world championships in Madrid, where he could become the first man to win the title on four occasions.

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