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2001 Tour de France rider journals

This year Cyclingnews brings you the thoughts of two leading riders in the Tour de France, Bradley McGee (FDJ) and Johan Museeuw (Domo), as well as an index of the other riders who are also planning to keep race diaries.

We'll be updating each diary on a daily basis as the riders complete each stage of the three week tour.

Bradley McGee

Nationality: Australian
Team: La Francaise des Jeux

A world champion on the track at 20, Australia's Bradley McGee already has more than enough gold medals and track world records to satisfy any career - but he is still only 25. This year with La Francaise des Jeux he has won both prologues and sprint finishes and worn the leader's jersey in races like the Midi Libre. It would seem that his time on the road is about to match his pure class on the track. Latest entry

Johan Museeuw

Nationality: Belgian
Team: Domo Farm Frites

Johan Museeuw is considered a Classics legend, and with two Paris-Roubaix wins under his belt, as well as numerous other one-day victories (two Rondes van Vlaanderen, Het Volk, three victories at Brabantse Pijl to name but a few) he undoubtedly deserves that label. But he has shown his strength in stage races too, winning two Tour de France stages in 1990, stages of the Tour de Suisse and of the Vuelta a Andalucia.

For the 2001 Tour de France, Domo boss Patrick Lefevere has nominated Museeuw as team captain. Axel Merckx may be the team's best chance for a high placing on GC, but Museeuw's vast experience and sheer determination will be an enormous asset to the Belgian squad. Latest entry

Other riders' online journals

Cyclingnews provides a directory on those riders who will be keeping a regular diary during their adventures in this year's Tour. Some may have daily updates, with others updating only when they have not expended all their energy after a long day in the saddle. Index and descriptions