By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2004
Last year’s Tour de France prologue winner Bradley McGee has taken his first step in a year in which he hopes land double Olympic gold – and another shot at wearing the Tour de France yellow jersey.
McGee, the de facto team leader of FDjeux.com, who won last year’s Tour de France prologue in Paris, admits that winning Olympic gold is his biggest priority of the year.
And that opens up the possibility of a duel with David Millar, the world time-trial champion who this year is aiming to add an Olympic gold to his rainbow jersey.
Millar, the 27-year-old Scot, is considering making his first big foray into track cycling in Athens, meaning the two men will be rivals on almost all fronts this summer.
“Yeah, it’ll be hot leading up to the prologue and then obviously if he’s (Millar) thinking about pursuit he could be one of my main rivals,” said McGee.
“But that’s good, I like that. I thrive off that kind of competition; I think it brings the best out of everyone. At least it’ll make some good headlines.”
Although the 28-year-old New South Wales rider is concentrating on the individual pursuit event in Athens, McGee added that helping the team pursuiters – whom he will join at the World Cup track meeting in Manchester in April – could see him aim for another gold medal.
“That’s a very important stage for me this year,” McGee told AFP at the Fdjeux.com team presentation in Paris on Thursday, referring to his Manchester date.
“It will be the only time I get a chance to ride with the team pursuiters as well,” he said. “I hope to be doing both events at the Olympics, the individual pursuit and the team event – and maybe the road race as well.
“But I’ve said to them (road race team), ‘if you need me I’m there to help.’ Even in the team pursuit, I’m happy to see the boys going on and winning the Olympics, but if they think they need me then I’m happy to play a part.”