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Oscar Freire To Ride Mallorca 312

by Henry Peacock

Only two months left to the start of the Mallorca 312 Iberostar Playa de Muro, the organisation announces that the triple World Road Cycling Champion Oscar Freire will wear the number 312.

312km With Oscar Freire

Just eight months after he left the competition, Freire will "unhook" the bicycle again for wear the number that every edition the Mallorca 312 Iberostar Playa de Muro honours a renowned figure in professional cycling. Thus he joins the challenge to complete the 312 kilometers (the perimeter of the largest Balearic island), which this year is on track to break his record of participants.

Considered one of the best sprinters of recent years, Ã"scar Freire was professional cyclist from 1998 to 2012, when he put an end to his career after the World Championship in Limburg, The Netherlands. This has been his favorite race in wich he holds three world titles in 1999, 2001 and 2004. This record has only been achieved for only three others in the history of cycling: Afredo Binda, Eddy Merckx and Rik van Steenberg.

Huge Peloton, Good Weather, Great Roads

Freire began his career in Life Insurance team with Pedro Horrillo, with whom take part in the Dutch team Rabobank, where he raced for eight seasons achieving the greatest success of his career. Horrillo is a habitual participant at the event, since he was the 312 number in the first edition, so we will see him on April 27th at 312 Majorca Iberostar Playa de Muro. Horrillo and Freire will join the previous 312 and 167 holders Fernando Escartín and Joseba Beloki, both honoured in 2012, who wanted to cycle again the Mallorca 312 Iberostar Playa de Muro.

Freire achieved three victories in Milan-San Remo in 2004, 2007 and 2010. He won the green maillot (points leader) at the Tour de France in 2008. He is the Spanish cyclist who has won more classics of all time, a total of 12 races, seven times the Vuelta a España and two the Tour de France.

Full '312' Route

The '167' 'Easier' Route

The Mallorca 312 kicks off in only 70 days, for more information and entry:

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