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Le Tour 2001

89th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 6-28, 2002

2002 Tour de France rider journals

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TT favourite
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Bradley McGee

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Nationality: Australian
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 more.

Prologue - Luxembourg ITT, 7km

Le Tour is underway

Crossing the line as 'meilleur temps' (virtual leaders) was not even enought to give me hope of winning the event.

Firstly there was all the big hitters still waiting their turn and secondly I knew I had... well missed it. I had a clean start, solid through the early corners and descended like a mad man clipping my pedal once and rubbing the barriers on several occasions, but wasn't able to bring it all home with a final surge for the line over the closing, false flat, kilometers.

I had prepared the entire course in my head like a downhill skier, and was pleased with my line, but in the end the course proved more difficult then earlier signs suggested. Armstrong was impressive but also Jalabert in second. So the 2002 Tour is now on the way and we will slowly settle into the groove this race demands. A race, an event, like no

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