Tour-McGee changes Tour objectives

Updated: July 3, 2004, 3:59 PM ET

By Stephen Farrand

LIEGE, Belgium, July 3 - Australia's Bradley McGee was favourite to win the prologue of the Tour de France on Saturday but finished fourth saying his ambitions lay beyond the start.

He was not too disappointed at coming home nine seconds adrift of leader Fabian Cancellara. He had, he said, changed his training pattern for the Tour de France so as to try to do well in the overall standings.

"I think I did a solid ride and I was at 100 percent but I didn't have the all-round power I had last year," he said as he recovered from his effort.

"I still dream about winning prologues but if I have to give up the decisive extra power to climb with the best guys in the mountains I've no problem with that. Now I'm a bit of lightweight, I've never started the Tour so light but it will help in the hills.

"Don't worry, there's more to come from Brad McGee in this Tour."

McGee knows he could still take the yellow jersey in the next few days by capturing the time bonuses awarded at the intermediate and finishing sprints.

"I want the yellow jersey back. After the team time trial on stage four it will be difficult but before then I'll be hungry for it. If you get a sniff of the yellow in the Tour de France, you always give it your all," he said.

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