Bradley John McGee OAM (born 24 February 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional racing cyclist. He is currently a directeur sportif for UCI ProTeam Team Saxo Bank and the personal coach of young Australian rider Richie Porte. He started cycling in 1986 at the age of ten. He lives in Sydney and in Nice, France.
His greatest success as a road cyclist has been winning the 2003 prologue of the Tour de France, and leading the race for three days in 2003. In 2004 he wore the leader's pink jersey of the Giro d'Italia for one day. In 2005 he wore the leader's golden jersey for four days in the Vuelta a España. He was the first Australian to lead the Tour of Spain, and the first to wear the leader's jersey of all three Grand Tours.
As a track cyclist and Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder he met success in individual and team events. He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as a member of the team pursuit (with Graeme Brown, Brett Lancaster, and Luke Roberts) in world record time of 3:58.233. He won a silver medal for the Olympic 4000m pursuit. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in his home town of Sydney, he set an Australian record of 4 minutes, and won a bronze medal for the pursuit. In Atlanta at the 1996 Summer Olympics he won two bronze medals, for the individual pursuit and the team pursuit.
At the 1994 Commonwealth Games he won gold medals in the individual and team pursuit. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games he defended his Commonwealth titles to win gold in both events. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games he won the individual pursuit.
He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List. Other awards include:
- 1993 Australian Male Cyclist of the year
- 1993 Inducted into Australian Sports Hall of Fame
- 1994 NSW junior male cyclist of the year
- 1995 NSW cyclist of the year
- 2002 Australian Male Track Cyclist of the Year
Bradley Mc Gee is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
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