By Susan Westemeyer
Australian Bradley McGee has left Française des Jeux after ten years and will ride for Team CSC next season. The Danish team announced yesterday that he has signed a one-year contract.
"After ten years with the same team it is only natural that I should want to try something new," the 31-year-old said on team-csc.com.
He has been hampered for the last two seasons by an injury, from which he is now finally recovered. "I need a fresh start, and I can have that with Team CSC. It's been my preferred team for quite some time and I'm really happy that Bjarne [Riis] is giving me this opportunity. It's a strong team with a team spirit, which is definitely envied by others. I truly feel this is the right place for me to rediscover my former level – both physically and mentally – and I'm just looking forward to embarking on a whole new chapter in my career now."
"Bradley is an extremely interesting rider and I think he'll get a huge come-back with us," said CSC Team Manager Bjarne Riis. "I've been following his career through some time, and I have the feeling that he still has a lot of unused potential. We've helped a lot of riders back on track, and I'm convinced we can do just that with Bradley. He has won some brilliant victories and has a lot of great results behind him and we really look forward to having him with us and helping him regain his amazing ability on the bike. Bradley is a classy rider and I'm sure he'll show that at Team CSC."
McGee has worn the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours and has had stage wins in the Tour de France as well as many other smaller races. He has won gold medals at the Olympic Games and the Track World Championships.
Read On track for Beijing for more on McGee