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Óscar Freire Gómez (born 15 February 1976 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the top sprinters in road bicycle racing, having won the world championship three times, equalling Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen and Eddy Merckx. In the later years of his career, he has been more of a classics rider. He has won the cycling monument Milan – San Remo three times, four stages in the Tour de France and seven stages of the Vuelta a España, throughout a successful career.
Despite his diminutive stature, Freire was a good sprinter. He had a training philosophy where he rode shorter distances than most pro cyclists, sometimes covering only about half the distance his colleagues would.
BALLERINI’S GREATEST ROUBAIX WIN
Powering his Colnago C40 on his own for the final 70km, on a day marked by foul weather and a crash by his team leader Johan Museeuw, Franco Ballerini takes his second Paris-Roubaix win. His Mapei team-mates Andrea Tafi and Wilfried Peeters take second and third after powering the breakaway from which Ballerini springboards to victory.
MAPEI SWEEPS ROUBAIX PODIUM
Belgian Johan Museeuw crosses the line first at Paris-Roubaix in a choroegraphed finish after he and Mapei team-mates Gianluca Bortolami and Andrea Tafi escape with 86km to go and prove unstoppable. All three are aboard Colnago C40s as team sponsor Georgio Squinzi instructs that Museeuw should win.
BALLERINI WINS PARIS-ROUBAIX
While other teams experiment with mountain bike technology, Colnago sticks to his principles and supplies Mapei riders at Paris-Roubaix with C40 bicycles with Precisa straight forks. Franco Ballerini wins aboard his C40 and is Over a nine-year period Mapei riders go on to win five Paris-Roubaix on Colnagos