Impressive Freire scorches to win

World champion Oscar Freire records a hugely impressive victory on the second stage of Tirreno-Adria

World champion Oscar Freire records a hugely impressive victory on the second stage of Tirreno-Adria
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Oscar Freire won the second stage and took the overall lead at Tirreno-Adriatico with an extremely impressive piece of uphill sprinting that took him past Spanish compatriot Angel Vicioso just metres before the finish line in Tivoli. The 181km stage finished with a 4km drag, where long-time breakaway Win Vansevenant was initially caught as he ran out of steam. Naturino's Sergio Barbero made the first strong break for the line, about a kilometre from the finish, but was overhauled by Vicioso, who had followed a dig by Discovery Channel's Stijn Devolder. Vicioso looked a certain winner 50 metres from the line until Freire emerged from several riders back to glide past in seemingly effortless style to take the stage and become the latest to establish his credentials for Milan-San Remo. The victory took Freire into the race lead at Alessandro Petacchi's expense. Stage 2, Civitavecchia-Tivoli 1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 181km in 4.45.36 (38.03kph) 2 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros 3 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 4 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel 5 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis 6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 7 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval 8 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 9 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crdit Agricole 10 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Acqua e Sapone Overall 1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 9.11.01 2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 3 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.04 4 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.06 5 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.07 6 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak 7 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 0.08 8 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner 9 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 10 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval 0.10
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