Bradley McGee Interview
Ian Melvin talks to Brad about his start in the sport, his transition into a European pro and this year?s Tour.
A lot of riders, especially Australian, make the transition from track to road. For some this transition happens over night and for others it can take a bit longer. Junior World Champion in 1993, World Champion just a few years later, Olympic medalist at both <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
McGee will certainly be a rider to watch in this year's Tour de France. In the recent Tour de Suisse he beat none other than Jan Ullrich in the Time Trial and with six other Aussies in this year's event, you can bet that they'll all be trying to show who's the top dog from down under.
I spoke to Brad a few days ago about his start in the sport, his transition into a European pro and this year's Tour.
You were Junior World Champion in the Pursuit. Did you ever think back then that you'd attain the level that you're at today?
Not on the road. Back then all I thought about was becoming Olympic track champion. I still want this title! But at the same time my career is as a pro roadie.
You left home before you were 18 and moved to the Australian Institute of Sport to train under the watchful eye of Charlie Walsh. Did your time their shape you into the road rider that we see today? How did you cope with the training - Charlie's coaching has a reputation for being a little tough.
The day I turned 19 I was in
You signed for FdJeux.com in 1998. Results were a little hard for you to come by at the start. Was there ever a time you doubted you were going to make the grade?
Sure, the first years where tough and I held on to the track racing scene for as long as possible. A few stage victories at the Tour de l'Avenir helped sway any negative thoughts.
You made your Tour debut in 2001 and surprised a