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Oscar Freire delays return to racing after California crash

Spain's triple world champion Oscar Freire was on Thursday forced to shelve his return to action which had been penciled in for the Tour of Castille and Leon from March 23-27, his Rabobank team said. Freire, who suffered broken ribs in a nasty fall during the Tour of California in February, has not recovered fully from the accident. "Oscar can't train normally," said Rabobank team sporting director Erik Breukink.

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By Agence France Presse

Freire went down in the same stage 4 crash as Kim Kirchen

Freire went down in the same stage 4 crash as Kim Kirchen

Photo: Mark Johnson

Spain’s triple world champion Oscar Freire was on Thursday forced to shelve his return to action which had been penciled in for the Tour of Castille and Leon from March 23-27, his Rabobank team said.

Freire, who suffered broken ribs in a nasty fall during the Tour of California in February, has not recovered fully from the accident.

“Oscar can’t train normally,” said Rabobank team sporting director Erik Breukink.

“If it’s not better in the next 10 days, it will compromise him for the classics, the Amstel Gold Race, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. We have to concentrate on the Tour de France.”