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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.

Stage 18 - Friday July 26: Cluses - Bourg-en-Bresse, 176.5 km

Almost there

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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