If you skim the results of the “lesser” races that fill the calendar these days, you may miss some things. Such as the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg. Oscar Freire took the win over the weekend. Look closer. The man he pipped right at the line was none other than Erik Zabel. How old is he now? 125? While he has not won a race in a while, he remains very competitive. Also, how many races have we seen the result Freire – Zabel or Zabel – Freire? These two make any race exciting. I for one will never forget 2004 Milan San-Remo when Zabel raised his arms in apparent triumph only to see Freire’s wheel surpass his at the line.



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