89th Tour de France - Grand Tour
France, July 6-28, 2002
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Team: La Francaise de Jeux
Bradley McGee can ride a four kilometre individual pursuit faster than some
elite squads can ride as a quartet, averaging close to 60 clicks an hour for
four minutes, all on his own. Scary, isn't it? No surprise then the good-looking
New South Welshman has now matured to become a feared prologue and TT specialist,
recently winning the prologue of the Dauphiné Libéré from his compatriot Baden
Cooke - over a distance you might say was rather familiar to him: 3.6 kilometres.
However Brad doesn't just want to be master of the chrono; he wants that and
Stage 18 - Friday July 26: Cluses - Bourg-en-Bresse, 176.5 km
Still here guys and Paris is just a short chrono, couple of laps and a mad
dash on the Champs Elysées away. The last few days have been the most demanding
of my cycling career but I am so happy to be still afloat and patching the number
97 on my full zip fdjeux.com jersey. Haven't had a lot of spare energy to tap
out my diary so it would be fair to summarize the past stages as 'bloody hard'.
It has been widely agreed throughout the peloton that this year's edition
has been one of the most difficult in recent years. Armstrong and his US postal
boys have been incredibly strong to control the race as day after day the road
went up and down in a continuous roller coaster.
Even the famous 'grupetto' (to which I have passed many kilometres recently)
had little time to tempo over the mountains as the ever looming delay counted
down. Stage 16 had us inside by a mere 30seconds!
Onwards from here we have the TT tomorrow that I will not attack, preferring
to save my legs until the Champs where we hope to sling-shot Baden up the final
straight, and to victory.
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