Three-time world champion, Oscar Freire announced Tuesday in his home town of Torrelavega that he intents to postpone his retirement until “at least” after the 2012 London Olympics. Freire has stated that if there is no problem with illness or injury next season, he would attempt to participate in his fourth Olympic Games. The Rabobank rider has indicated that participate in this competition is something that “encourages any athlete” because it is an experience “totally different.”
Despite speculation about his possible retirement in October when he said there was a 90-percent chance that he would retire at the end of 2011, Freire explained that after this season he has re-assessed the situation and decided to proceed because he is still riding well. “I won two important victories (his third Milan-Sanremo and his first Paris-Tours) and, above all, I ended up wanting to keep riding,” said the Spaniard rider. The Rabobank rider, who will open next season with the Challenge of Mallorca and the Vuelta a Andaluca, has also announced that he probably will not participate in the Tour de France in order to focus more on the end of the season and the World Championships.