June 26, 2004
McGee: I'm targeting the 2005 Tour
Australia's Brad McGee of fdjeux.com has had a very strong year, taking the Route du Sud last week and finishing 8th in the Giro, and believes he's developed into a rider who can compete for the GC in the Tour de France.
"Going for overall victory next year is the goal, and a very realistic one at that," he told BBC Sport.
"I don't know about winning five in a row though. That takes a very special rider."
For 2004, he's looking to take the prologue, as he did last year, and is targeting the time trial up Alpe d'Huez.
McGee has made some progress battling the blood sugar problems that plagued him during the 2003 Tour.
After eating while riding, his body has often produced too much sugar, which in turn causes his blood-glucose level to dramatically drop later on.
But he has since hired a dietician and the problem has not once occurred this year.
"It's hard enough going up those mountains without that sort of thing happening," said McGee. "When it happens it causes me to lose up to 15 minutes on a stage. I'm just grateful it's not happening anymore."
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