Freire still troubled by injury

2004 world champion Oscar Freire is back in training, but admits he is still being troubled by the i

2004 world champion Oscar Freire is back in training, but admits he is still being troubled by the i

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Having missed most of last season due to an injury on one of his 'sit' bones that necessitated surgery last June, 2004 world champion Oscar Freire is still struggling to get himself fit for the new season despite having returned to training six weeks ago.

Freire has told Marca that the injury and the scarring caused by the operation are still giving him problems. "I am not as good as I could be because there is still some discomfort, but it is improving little by little," said the Spaniard.

Freire explained that he has been able to train for some hours at a time, but the wound has opened again, forcing him to start again from scratch. "The problem is that the callused skin that cyclists have in that area has been lost and I have to build that up again, and it's a slow process.

"I've been training again for a week and although there is still some pain I am putting up with it in the hope that it will gradually diminish."

Freire still hopes to join his Rabobank team-mates at their pre-season Spanish training camp in Javea in a couple of weeks and says he is keen to get back to racing. "The Classics, and particularly Milan-San Remo, will be the first objective. After that I want to do a good Tour and, finally, the Worlds," he said, refusing to commit himself to the Vuelta.

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