Bradley McGee

Bradley John McGee OAM (born 24 February 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional racing cyclist. He is currently the head coach of the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS).[1] He started cycling in 1986 at the age of ten. He lives in Sydney and in Nice, France.

Bradley McGee
Bradley Mc Gee - TDR 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full nameBradley John McGee
Born (1976-02-24) 24 February 1976 (age 45)
Sydney
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleDirecteur sportif
Rider typeTime trialist
Professional teams
1999–2007Française des Jeux
2008Team CSC
Managerial team
2009–2012Saxo Bank–SunGard
Major wins
Tour de France 2 stages
Giro d'Italia 1 stage

CareerEdit

His greatest success as a road cyclist has been winning the 2003 prologue of the Tour de France, and leading the race for three days in 2003. In 2004 he wore the leader's pink jersey of the Giro d'Italia for one day. In 2005 he wore the leader's golden jersey for four days in the Vuelta a España. He was the first Australian to lead the Tour of Spain, and the first to wear the leader's jersey of all three Grand Tours.

 
Brad McGee riding for Française des Jeux during the Stage 20 individual time trial of the 2005 Tour de France.

As a track cyclist and Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder he met success in individual and team events. He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as a member of the team pursuit (with Graeme Brown, Brett Lancaster, and Luke Roberts) in world record time of 3:58.233. He won a silver medal for the Olympic 4000m pursuit. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in his home town of Sydney, he set an Australian record of 4 minutes, and won a bronze medal for the pursuit. In Atlanta at the 1996 Summer Olympics he won two bronze medals, for the individual pursuit and the team pursuit.

At the 1994 Commonwealth Games he won gold medals in the individual and team pursuit. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games he defended his Commonwealth titles to win gold in both events. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games he won the individual pursuit.

He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List. Other awards include:

  • 1993 Australian Male Cyclist of the year
  • 1994 NSW junior male cyclist of the year
  • 1995 NSW cyclist of the year
  • 2002 Australian Male Track Cyclist of the Year
  • 2017 Sport Australia Hall of Fame athlete inductee[2]

Bradley McGee is today a member of the 'Champions for Peace' club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organisation.[3]

Major resultsEdit

1993
1st   Individual pursuit, UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st   Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
National Junior Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Teams pursuit
1994
Commonwealth Games
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
National Junior Track Championships
1st   Elimination race
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Scratch race
1st   Team pursuit
1995
1st   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
National Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
1996
1st Stage 2 Tour of Cologne
Olympic Games
3rd   Individual pursuit
3rd   Team pursuit
1997
National Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit – Quartu Sant'Elena, UCI Track World Cup Classics
1998
Commonwealth Games
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
1999
Oceania International Grand Prix
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
Tour de l'Avenir
1st Prologue & Stage 10
1st Prologue Tour de Normandie
2000
1st Stage 9 Herald Sun Tour
3rd   Individual pursuit, Olympic Games
2001
1st Stage 4 Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Stage 2b Route du Sud
2002
1st   Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st   Individual pursuit, Commonwealth Games
1st Stage 7 Tour de France
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st   Points classification
1st Prologue
2003
Tour de France
1st Prologue
Held   after Stages 1–3
1st Stage 8 (ITT) Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 6 Ronde van Nederland
2004
Olympic Games
1st   Team pursuit
2nd   Individual pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit – Manchester, UCI Track World Cup Classics
1st   Overall Route du Sud
1st Stage 3
1st Prologue Tour de Romandie
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Prologue
Held   after Stages 1 & 3–4
2005
Tour de Suisse
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Grand Prix de Villers-Cotterêts
Vuelta a España
Held   after Stages 1–4
2007
3rd   Individual pursuit – Manchester, UCI Track World Cup Classics
2008
1st   Team pursuit – Los Angeles, UCI Track World Cup Classics
3rd   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/porte-secures-white-jersey-and-likely-top-eight-finish
  2. ^ "Cycling champion Brad McGee pedals into Hall of Fame". Sport Australia Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  3. ^ Peace and Sport

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