Freire wins again and sounds off

Oscar Freire continues his flying start to the season with a second victory in Majorca, and then cri

Cycling: Tour of Mallorca / Stage 1
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Oscar Freire continues his flying start to the season with a second victory in Majorca, and then cri

PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Oscar Freire took his second consecutive victory in the Majorca Challenge in Alcudia on Monday. As in Palma the day before, the Rabobank sprinter just had the edge on Illes Balears’ Isaac Galvez. After the finish, Freire backed up his criticism of new anti-doping regulations that have just been introduced. Asked by his peers in his capacity as world champion to speak on their behalf, Freire attacked new regulations that require cyclists to provide details on their location at all times. Telling AS that he did not want to head a rebellion, but simply voice both his and the discontent of others, Freire said: “I don’t agree with them asking us where we are going to be for the next three months. If it was the case in all sports, I’d sign up to it immediately.” Freire said he did not object to undergoing dope testing when required, but added “that what upsets me is the control they have over my life. You have to say where you are at all times, give the telephone numbers of third parties where you can be contacted. It is clear that nobody wants doping in sport, but we don’t want to have to put up with this either.” Freire said that the Spanish riders’ main complaint was that they hadn’t been consulted at all over the new regulations. He also criticised the lack of action on the issue by the Association of Professional Cyclists – “they have done nothing up to now,” he said. Freire also criticised the lack of sanctions on teams and doctors following doping cases. “That was the case with Santi Perez, whose cycling career has been ruined while Phonak have returned to where they were. It’s always the riders who are blamed. Doctors and teams ought to be held responsible for what their riders do.” Trofeo Alcudia 1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 163km in 3.41.12 (44.21kph) 2 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Illes Balears 3 Dimitri de Fauw (Bel) Quick Step 4 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile 5 Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spain 6 Vidal Celis (Spa) Orbea 7 Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Catalunya 8 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile 9 David Mu¤oz (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears