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Óscar Freire

Full name: Óscar Freire Gómez
Nickname(s): El Gato / Oscarito
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (171 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: February 15, 1976 in Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain
Affiliations: MAPEI, (ITA) / Rabobank, (NED)
Country: ESP Spain
Sport: Cycling

Biography

Óscar Freire is a Spanish cyclist best known for winning the World Championship road race three times, in 1999, 2001, and 2004, which equals the record for most wins in that race previously held by Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen, and Eddy Merckx. Though a smaller man, Freire wins his races because of his great sprinting ability. His inability to climb at the top level has hurt him in the grand tours, but he did win the points classification at the 2008 Tour de France, and has won four Tour stages through 2010. He has also won seven stages at the Vuelta à España. His other major titles include Milano-Sanremo in 2004 and 2007, Tirreno-Adriatico in 2005, Gent-Wevelgem in 2008, and Paris-Tours in 2010. His career has been hampered with numerous injuries, especially back and neck problems, and saddle sores.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Spain ESP 16
2004 Summer 28 Athina Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Spain ESP AC DNF
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Spain ESP AC DNF

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Cycling Spain Final Standings 16 at 1:38
2004 Summer 28 Athina Cycling Spain Final Standings AC DNF
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Cycling Spain Final Standings AC DNF