Freire postpones retirement until London 2012 Games

Oscar Freire March 2010

Three-time road race World Champion Oscar Freirewill continue until the 2012 Olympic Games in London barring injury next season. The Spaniard told his country's AS newspaper that the Olympics "inspire" athletes and are "totally different."

"When you are cycling, more or less, you always feel in the same environment when you go to any competition," he said. "However, being an athlete at the Olympics and meeting other athletes [from other disciplines] is worth the experience."

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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.