Saturday, July 3, 2004
Cycling-Tour-McGee changes Tour objectives
By Stephen Farrand
LIEGE, Belgium, July 3 - Australia's Bradley McGee
was favourite to win the prologue of the Tour de France on
Saturday but finished fourth saying his ambitions lay beyond the
He was not too disappointed at coming home nine seconds
adrift of leader Fabian Cancellara. He had, he said, changed his
training pattern for the Tour de France so as to try to do well
in the overall standings.
"I think I did a solid ride and I was at 100 percent but I
didn't have the all-round power I had last year," he said as he
recovered from his effort.
"I still dream about winning prologues but if I have to give
up the decisive extra power to climb with the best guys in the
mountains I've no problem with that. Now I'm a bit of
lightweight, I've never started the Tour so light but it will
help in the hills.
"Don't worry, there's more to come from Brad McGee in this
McGee knows he could still take the yellow jersey in the
next few days by capturing the time bonuses awarded at the
intermediate and finishing sprints.
"I want the yellow jersey back. After the team time trial on
stage four it will be difficult but before then I'll be hungry
for it. If you get a sniff of the yellow in the Tour de France,
you always give it your all," he said.