Oscar Freire delays retirement with Katusha deal

Oscar Freire March 2010

Three-times World Champion Oscar Freire has signed for Katusha in 2012, Spanish press reports said on Thursday. The deal guarantees the country's top Classics rider another year in the peloton.

Freire, 35, was said to be considering retirement after a year in which he has failed to shine, in part because of illness and injuries. He was then unable to reach an agreement with his longstanding team, Rabobank.

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