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Freire takes over ProTour lead

Following his overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Spain's Oscar Freirehas assumed the leader's jersey of the UCI's new ProTour race series.Freire moved past the series's first overall leader, American BobbyJulich (CSC). Like Freire, Julich won 50 ProTour points for his overallvictory at Paris-Nice, but the Rabobank sprinter also earned three additionalpoints for his three stage victories in the week-long Italian stage race.The next event in the ProTour is Saturday's edition of Milan-San Remo, a former World Cup event with a points distribution identical to those earned

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Following his overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Spain’s Oscar Freirehas assumed the leader’s jersey of the UCI’s new ProTour race series.Freire moved past the series’s first overall leader, American BobbyJulich (CSC). Like Freire, Julich won 50 ProTour points for his overallvictory at Paris-Nice, but the Rabobank sprinter also earned three additionalpoints for his three stage victories in the week-long Italian stage race.The next event in the ProTour is Saturday’s edition of Milan-San Remo, a former World Cup event with a points distribution identical to those earned in the week-long stage races that kicked off the new series.ProTour standings – Individual (As of March 15, 2005)
 1. Oscar Freire (Sp), Rabobank, 53 points
 2. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 50
 3. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 43
 4. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Illes Balears, 41
 5. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Phonak, 35
 6. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Saunier Duval, 35
 7. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, 31
 8. Danilo Hondo (G), Gerolsteiner, 30
 9. Laurent Brochard (F), Bouygues Telecom,25
 10. Jorg Jaksche (G), Liberty, 25
 11. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, 20
 12. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 20
 13. Angel Vicioso (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 15
 14. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 15
 15. Markus Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, 10
 16. Cadel Evans (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, 10
 17. Patrice Halgand (F), Crédit Agricole, 5
 18. Jose Angel Gomez (Sp ), Saunier Duval, 5
 19. Tom Boonen (B), QuickStep, 2
 20. Andreas Klier (G), T-Mobile, 1
 
ProTour standings – Team  (As of March 15, 2005)
 1. Liberty, 36
 2. Discovery Channel, 34
 3. Fassa Bortolo, 31
 4. Rabobank, 27
 5. Davitamon-Lotto , 24
 6. Saunier Duval, 23
 7. CSC, 20
 8. Cofidis, 20
 9. Phonak, 20
 10. T-Mobile, 19
 11. Gerolsteiner, 17
 12. Euskaltel, 16
 13. Crédit Agricole, 16
 14. Domina Vacanze, 15
 15. Bouygues Telecom,14
 16. Balears, 12
 17. Quick Step, 11
 18. Lampre, 8
 19. Liquigas, 6
 20. Française des Jeux, 3


Pro Tour points distribution
Tour de France
Overall: 100 points, then 75, 60, 55, 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25,20, 15, 12, 9, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Stages: 3, 2 and 1 points for first three finishers
 
Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España
Overall: 85 points, then 65, 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 26, 22, 19,16, 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Stages: 3, 2 and 1 points for first three finishers
 
Week-long stage races
Overall: 50 points, then 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 1
Stages: 1 pointOne-day classics
50 points, then 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 1
 
Other one-day races
40, then 30, 25, 20, 15, 11, 7, 5, 3, 1
 
World road race championships
50 then 40, 35 for first three finishers