Tirreno 4: Three for Oscar

Oscar Freire wins for the third day in a row at Tirreno-Adriatico, and looks an increasingly good be

Oscar Freire wins for the third day in a row at Tirreno-Adriatico, and looks an increasingly good be
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Oscar Freire won his third stage at Tirreno-Adriatico in as many days when he lead the bunch home in Servigliano this afternoon. Time bonuses gained on the line and during intermediate sprints stretched the Spaniard's lead to 23 seconds as his Rabobank team kept tight control over the bunch throughout the day. The main break of the day finally saw defending Tirreno champion Paolo Bettini in the thick of the action, although his attempt to get clear with Pietro Caucchioli and Bo Hamburger was never given much leeway by the Rabobank-led bunch. The trio were caught 12km from home, and from that point there was little chance of the Dutch team allowing anyone to get clear with their world champion in such untouchable sprinting form just now. Freire won the bunch sprint with ease, as the previously all-conquering Alessandro Petacchi struggled to get into contention and then hesitated at the crucial moment when he did. Sunday's stage in Saltara takes place on a 14km circuit that hosted the 2003 Italian championship. Bettini won that race and will be hoping that today's escapade is a sign of a change in fortune after a dismal start to the season. Stage 4, Teramo-Servigliano 1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 172km in 4.53.27 (35.17kph) 2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner 3 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak 4 Paride Grillo (Ita) Panaria 5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 6 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 7 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step 8 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval 9 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 10 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Naturino Overall 1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 19.56.09 2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.23 3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.26 5 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak 0.28 6 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.30 7 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crdit Agricole 0.33 8 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 9 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel 0.34 10 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 0.36
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