June 19, 2006
McGee definitely out of Tour
Française des Jeux's presumptive Tour de France leader, Australia's Bradley McGee, is definitely out of the 2006 Tour.
McGee, who finished last year's Tour, dropped out of the 2004 Tour with back and hip problems similar to those that forced him out of this week's Tour of Switzerland and the Giro d'Italia.
A herniated disc has left McGee unable to ride hard:
"Specialists in Paris confirmed Friday the cause of my sciatica is coming from a small hernia that, under the force of riding, is forcing itself on to the nerve and explaining the grief I have been dealing with these past months," McGee said.
"It seems likely I will undergo surgery in the near future with the hope to be able to return to racing before season's end.
"I feel relieved to have finally located and explained the cause of my difficulties."
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