Freire fires back after Rabobank break-up

Oscar Freire wins, Tour Down Under 2012, stage four

Spanish pro Oscar Freire proved to his former Rabobank team this week in Australia that he was worth retaining. He won a Tour Down Under stage on Friday and showed that he is ready for his final season with his new team, Katusha.

"They left their best rider with the most results," Freire said. "I don't know if it was good that they did that."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.