Bradley McGee Interview

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07/3/2003| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
McGee is ready for the Tour.
McGee is ready for the Tour.

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.

lot of people with some aggressive riding which saw you finish 2nd on one stage.  Last year you grabbed a stage.  What should we be looking out for this year from Brad McGee?
Just about anything is possible. I am proving myself to be strong in prologues and TT's plus sprints or lead outs for my team sprinters, can attack and go for a stage plus I feel I am improving rapidly in the mountains and soon hope to be a challenge for the overall. In saying that, it is difficult to do EVERYTHING on Tour so will not be chasing overall honors this year and concentrate on the other aspects of the race.

This year, you have two Australian team-mates riding the Tour with you for FDJeux.com -
Baden Cooke and Matt Wilson.  That must be a nice feeling?
Fantastic. We are three Aussies and mates but have completely different racing styles so bring different talents into the team.

In addition to the three of you at FDJeux.com, there's also Stuey (O'Grady), Robbie (McEwen), Nick (Gates) and Dodger (Michael Rogers).  If the Tour reverted back to the old system of national teams, you'd have one hell of a team.  Does the recent success and rapid development of Aussies in
Europe surprise you?
Not at all and there is more talent to come. Young riders are coming up all the time and with my brother Rod at NSWIS, we are helping channel these new talents in the right direction. Mark Renshaw is one of these riders and has been racing and winning for the

Dijon
club all year. He will be stagiere for FDJ later this year.

Any predictions for how any of you might fare?
ANYTHING can happen on Tour. Only thing assured is that we Aussies will give it a nudge anytime we can.

Over the next few years you're coming in to what should be the peak of career.  Do you think you've found your place and level within the peloton or is there still more to come?  Do you have any ambitions for a three-week tour?
Yes I have ambitions and I feel my place is closer to the front of the peloton than where I am riding now. Improvement in the mountains and greater consistency are my major focus points.

Thanks for talking to roadcycling.com and good luck in this year?s Tour.

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To read more about Brad, check out his website at http://www.bradleymcgee.com.

 

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