Posted by Editor on 03/20/04
Oscar Freire (Rabobank) won the bunch sprint to take the Milan-San Remo ahead of Erik Zabel (T-Mobile). A breakaway of 5 riders went clear at 60 kilometres and stayed away for 180 kilometres. Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon) tried to break away on the final Poggio, which worked last year for his victory, but was brought back on the descent, setting the stage for a bunch sprint finish. Freire squeaked by the four-time winner from Germany after Zabel raised his arms in celebration too early!
1 Oscar Freire (Esp) Rabobank 7:11:23
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile
3 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis
4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
5 Max van Heeswijk (Ned) USPS-Berry Floor
6 Igor Astarloa (Esp) Cofidis
7 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Lampre
8 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon
9 Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Esp) Saunier Duval
10 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo all s.t.
Primavera Rosa Women's World Cup #2
Zoulfia Zabirova (Let's Go Finland) attacked on the Cipressa to come in solo after 118 kilometres. Mirjam Melchers (Farm Frites-Hartol) took second, and World Cup #1 winner Oenone Wood (AIS) took third. Woods will retain the overall leader's jersey.
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