Veteran Oscar Freire (Rabobank) claimed his third Milan San-Remo title Saturday after positioning himself in perfect line in a lead group of 25 to claim the first Classic of the season after nearly a seven-hour ride in the 298-kilometer race that featured cycling’s finest sprinters.
Freire, who also won the race in 2004 and 2007, completed the day in 6 hours, 57 minutes and 28 and was victorious by a bike length over Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini).
Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) was among the pre-race favorite, but lost contact with the eventually lead group late in the race and as the top American in 42nd position, 1:40 behind.
Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) was scheduled to competed, but withdrew Thursday because of the stomach flu.
1. Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank, 6:57:28; 2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, same time; 3. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita), Lampre-Farnese Vini, s.t.; 4. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox, s.t.; 5. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo, s.t.; 6. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team, s.t.; 7. Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli, s.t.; 8. Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana, s.t.; 9. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto; 10. Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone, s.t.
42. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Transitions, 1:40; 55. George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team, 1:40; DNF. Jeffry Louder (USA) Brent Bookwalter (USA) both BMC Racing Team