July 01, 2005
McGee: Stage 1 “plays into my hands”
Bradley McGee thinks he's going to be wearing yellow Saturday night.
"With my track experience, the route plays into my hands better than anyone's," McGee told BBC Sport.
"I'll be backing myself over anyone, Armstrong included, to be on top come the close on Saturday."
Given the course profile over the first few days, it's likely that anyone who gets a gap on the sprinters with the best time-trial skills (Thor Hushovd comes to mind) will hold onto the race lead for a while.
Armstrong, meanwhile, described the time trial as "strange".
And the American, who this year is bidding for a seventh Tour win, added: "Although it's only 19km long, it's straight into a headwind so it feels more like 25-30km in terms of distance.
"It's fairly basic but, sure, we'll be going for it to put a marker down."
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