Bradley McGee to miss another Tour de France

By Jean-François Quénet For the second year in a row, Française des Jeux will start the Tour de...

By Jean-François Quénet

For the second year in a row, Française des Jeux will start the Tour de France without Bradley McGee.

The Australian, who has been suffering from a recurring back problem, had shown that he was on the road to recovery during the Tour of Picardy, where he launched an impressive attack before a bunch sprint finish, but he has pulled out of the Tour de Lorraine.

The problem, a herniated disc in his spine, is severe enough that the popular Aussie will not be able to simply rest through the middle of the season and return for post-Tour racing as he did last year. "He has to undergo an operation because of the disc hernia," team manager Marc Madiot said.

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