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 3 - Tuesday July 9: Metz - Reims, 174.5 km
We are getting closer! Baden was third today after another hectic and wild
final 15km's into the all up bunch gallop. Robbie proved to quick and Zabel
being well placed on his wheel held second. I think many have been impressed
with Baden's efforts to go for the win and ride his own sprint and not just
look to follow wheels.
A good day all round for us at FDJEUX.COM with Jacky Durand doing his thing
with another long suicide attack picking up plenty of primes and publicity but
not the stage win due to a severe block head wind (plus Zabel's Telekom boys
where keen to bring it all together to a near sure yellow jersey).
Also, Christophe Mengin has returned into the climbers jersey after taking
points in both mountain sprints today. Not a bad day in the office.
Tomorrow is teams time trialling on a nasty circuit. There will be wind and
hills, many turns through tight streets and a director going psycho in the following
car. I guess the plan will be as always - start hard - accelerate - finish fast!
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