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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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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.

Stage 2 - Monday July 8: Luxembourg - Saarbrücken (Germany), 181 km

I would not mind betting the German stock market slumped today. There must have been every German and his dog out lining the route today. Half a million people must have called in sick for work and didn't they make a racket. The noise was deafening in places.

As far as tour stages go today was not to bad. Nice and warm, rolling hills and a good tempo from Lampre. The sprint started 25km's to go and was lead by the big Telekom team trying to get Zabel up on home turf. Not to be as the little ankle bitter Freire snapped past Zabel and McEwan in a fine display of speed. Cookie was right up there in fourth and holding his own against these big time sprinters in his first tour exposure. At 23 I know this fighter has a big Tour future.

Another couple of crashes but a smoother feeling in the bunch already. Tomorrow should normally be another bunch kick and we here at FDJEUX.COM hope to bring in our little pocket rocket, the fighting bull, Jimmy Casper. Has he the legs to get over McEwan and Freire?

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