The 42-year-old won the World Championships for Spain on a record-equalling three occasions (1999, 2001, 2001) and is keen to use his experience to help the current crop of riders.
Minguez, head coach since 2013, left his role last month after a salary dispute, in the wake of Alejandro Valverde winning the world title. The role is said to have been offered to his deputy, Pascual Momparler, but Freire is waiting in the wings.
“My intention is to be the coach – if it’s not this year then in the future,” he said in an interview with Spanish news agency EFE. “It’s something I’d like to do and something I believe I could do well, because the Worlds was the race that marked my career.
“After spending my whole life in cycling and having been a pro, you know you can bring something else to the table. Many riders who turn pro are very good but because of one single error they can lose a World Championships. That can’t happen.
“A lot of the time, when I’ve gone to watch a race, from the sidelines you see when a rider is going badly and it’s sad because without having anyone to give them advice things can’t be any different.”
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