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Freire takes hat trick at Tirreno-Adriatico

World road champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) claimed his third victory in as many days on Saturday, winning the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in Servigliano, Italy. Germany's Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) finished second in the 160km stage, with Italian Fabrizio Guidi (Phonak) in third. "I didn't go out to win this stage especially," said Freire. "I wasn't even that well positioned for the final sprint. I had to make a special effort to get back to the front." Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), winner of stage 1, found the going tough once more on Saturday.

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Agence France Presse

World road champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) claimed his third victory in as many days on Saturday, winning the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in Servigliano, Italy.

Germany’s Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) finished second in the 160km stage, with Italian Fabrizio Guidi (Phonak) in third.

“I didn’t go out to win this stage especially,” said Freire. “I wasn’t even that well positioned for the final sprint. I had to make a special effort to get back to the front.”

Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), winner of stage 1, found the going tough once more on Saturday. Despite having Freire’s wheel, he got stuck with 300 meters to the finish and saw his victory chances evaporate.

Freire is among the favorites for next week’s Milan-San Remo, the first one-day classic of the season.