McGee outta here ?

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  1. whiteboytrash

    whiteboytrash New Member

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    This one slipped by............ too many injuries I suspect.

    Bradley McGee will make his final race appearance at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour from October 12 to 18. The 32 year-old Australian will call his racing career quits, but he will remain in cycling in a role of sports director for the team for which he currently rides, Team CSC-Saxo Bank, which will be renamed Saxo Bank next season. He'll replace compatriot Scott Sunderland, who has moved to the new Cervélo Test team.

    A junior world champion and world record holder for individual pursuit, the Sydneysider built his fame as a track rider and collected his first Olympic medal in Atlanta in 1996 - a bronze in the individual pursuit - a performance he repeated four years later at home despite breaking a collarbone 17 days earlier. He claimed Olympic gold in the team pursuit in Athens in 2004. Australia's fourth place in Beijing meant the first Games without a medal for McGee, who didn't reach his full competitiveness after another bad crash and another broken collarbone in stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia this year.

    Under the colours of Française des Jeux, the team he joined in 1998, McGee won the prologues of the three Grand Tours (France in 2003, Italy in 2004, Spain in 2005). As much as helping his young compatriots to turn professional, among which are Baden Cooke, Mark Renshaw and Chris Sutton, he'll be remembered for his strong position against drugs in sport. He'll take part in one last race in Europe, the Circuit Franco-Belge next week before stepping into his new role.
     
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  2. JAPANic

    JAPANic New Member

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    Bradley McGee.
    R.I.P
     
  3. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    McGee was a fine professional.
    Very few riders are gifted enough to be world class both on the track and on the rode.
    McGee was one of the select few, in my opinion, who was world class in both
    disciplines.

    His ride in the Giro in 2004 (or was it 2005??) when he finished in 10th spot was superb.
    At that point, I really thought that McGee was set to become a real GT contender but persistent back injury seemed to plague him.

    Chapeau Brad.
     
  4. Flyer

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    on drugs
     
  5. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    McGee is the only Aussie rider to have worn the leaders jersey in all three GT's.
     
  6. Flyer

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    on drugs!
     
  7. Powerful Pete

    Powerful Pete New Member

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    Oh well. It is unfortunate that he retired due to injury...
     
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