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  Saturday, 13 July, 2002, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
McGee wins amid Tour chaos
Bradley McGee celebrates his victory
McGee pulled ahead after two major crashes



Bradley McGee stunned the leading sprinters in the peloton by springing clear of the main pack and taking victory on stage seven of the Tour de France.

Two crashes in the final five kilometres caused chaos in the field, leading to the retirement of Didier Rous and affecting some of the biggest names in the race.

Among those affected was Lance Armstrong, who conceded 26 seconds to his rivals after getting caught up in the second crash.

Another of the pre-race favourites, Christophe Moreau, lost a total of 4m 20s as he and his Credit Agricole team-mates were seriously hampered.

Oscar Freire lies in a ditch after the crash
Freire (centre) was among those to crash

World champion Oscar Freire ended up in a ditch in that same crash and was even further off the pace.

As the riders geared up for a bunch sprint Mapei's Pedro Horillo looked to have done enough for the stage victory.

But McGee, who was also involved in the crash chaos, pulled level and then clear on the steep incline in the final kilometre.

It proved enough for the Australian to hold off Jaan Kirsipuu in second place and Horillo back in third.

Afterwards McGee, a former track sprinter, said his victory was only partly due to confidence.

He said: "Yeah, of course I'm pretty confident, but I've got patience more than anything to thank for this win."

Francaise des Jeux team boss Marc Madiot was quick to praise the sprinter.

He said: "That's five years we've been waiting for a stage win on the Tour.

Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano held on to the yellow jersey
Gonzalez de Galdeano remains in yellow

"We've come second and third a few times but this is it. I knew we'd get a win on this Tour. It was just a question of going out and doing the job."

McGee's win, though, did not affect the men in yellow as Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano stayed out of trouble and held on to the overall lead.

For much of the day, the field was headed by yet another breakaway, this time courtesy of Franck Renier, Leon van Bon and Anthony Morin.

The trio made their initial attack at the 22km mark and at one stage pulled out a 5m 20s advantage.

The ONCE team moved to the front of the chasing pack in a bid to cut down the deficit and were joined by a number of the top sprinters' teams in a bid to break them down.

The field was finally reunited with three kilometres remaining.

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