Shorts: McGee, Peta, Barlo, Dietzen, Fast Freddie

cGee a major doubt for the Tour, Petacchi's recuperation going well, Barloworld unveil new Spanish

cGee a major doubt for the Tour, Petacchi's recuperation going well, Barloworld unveil new Spanish


Franaise des Jeux's Brad McGee looks likely to miss next month's Tour de France after being laid low by inflammation of his sciatic nerve during the Tour of Switzerland, which he withdrew from on Tuesday. "Bradley will have some more tests over the next two days, but if the cause of the problem is not determined, he will not be able to ride in the Tour," said FDJ sports director Yvon Madiot. "Starting the Tour with a less than perfect physical condition is possible for a racer of his talent," Madiot added. "But going with health problems, that's impossible."

- Milram sprinter Alessandro Petacchi's recuperation from the fractured kneecap that forced him out of last month's Giro d'Italia is going well, and the Italian is now set to start the physical part of the recovery process. "I hope to regain complete mobility very soon, although I can't say when I will be able to get back on my bike," Petacchi revealed on Wednesday. "I know that I am going to suffer a lot in the coming days, but I have so much determination to get back that I'm going to have to force myself to take things steadily." Petacchi is expected to start racing again at the end of July.

- The Barloworld team are to unveil a new sponsor at the Tour of Asturias on Friday. The team will carry the Finanzauto name for Spanish races. The company is the Spanish distributor of earth-moving machinery manufacturer Caterpillar.

- Retired German professional Raymond Dietzen has been awarded damages of 481,927 euros against Vuelta organisers Unipublic and their insurers by the Spanish high court after his career was ended when he crashed in an unlit tunnel in the Pyrenees during the 1989 race. The incident happened in the 680-metre-long Cotefablo tunnel.

- 'Fast' Freddie Rodriguez will be passing on his knowledge and expertise at a training camp in Spain from Septemer 10-17. During the week-long camp in Girona, riders will get the chance to train with Rodriguez on the roads he and many other professionals use. For further information contact or visit

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