Kreuziger wins Tour of Romandie

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Freire wins the final stage of the Swiss cycling competition on Sunday.

GENEVA - Czech rider Roman Kreuziger of the Liquigas team won the Tour of Romandie after the fifth and final stage which was won by Spaniard Oscar Freire here on Sunday.

Freire, a three-time world champion, claimed victory in a sprint for his Rabobank team.

Kreuziger, a 23-year-old stage race specialist, won the Tour of Switzerland in 2008.

He secured his victory after winning the mountain stage on Saturday to Sainte Croix where he took the overall lead.

Kreuziger admitted that performing well in the team time trial -- Liquigas finished fourth at 24 seconds behind Team Columbia -- on Friday helped his victory.

"After the team time trial at Yverdon-les-Bains we managed to limit our losses. But I knew I would make the biggest difference on Saturday's queen stage," said Kreuziger, who won a junior world title in 2004.

Kreuziger also plans to race in the Tour de France this year.

"My main objective of the year is the Tour de France," added Kreuziger, one of the few Czechs to succeed in the European elite ranks.

Freire earned his second professional victory since returning from an injury, after breaking two ribs in a crash at the Tour of California in February.

The Spaniard, a sprinter who can perform tough climbs, also won stage two into La Chaux de Fonds.

AFP / Expatica

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