Rabobank’s Oscar Freire said he wanted to win a third stage in his home Grand Tour this year and he did just that today.
Four riders attacked early and eventually built a lead of just over eight and one half minutes before the sprinters teams put down the hammer on today’s flat run from Reinosa to Logroño. Liquigas’ Magnus Backstedt made a valiant effort to keep his break in front of the pack, but they finally were caught between 5 and 7 km from the line.
Once again T-Mobile tried to move to the front too soon and lost their momentum as the Milram Team pushed to the front of the Peloton. All the sprinters teams vied for the front during the last three km as the trains lined up to drive their sprinters across the finish line.
Freire has not enjoyed much of a train and has been forced to pick a wheel to follow while waiting for his moment to jump. Perhaps the other sprinters should consider taking Oscar’s wheel because he now has won half of the stages run in this grand tour to date. His finish today was magnificent.