It is not often that riders manage to get the jump on the leading sprinters.
Best Tour: 2002 - stage seven win
But McGee pulled it off in some style on stage seven of last year's race.
With only a few hundred metres remaining he pulled clear of the peloton and just managed to hold off being caught by the top sprinters.
This time the Australian will be a marked man should he try to pull off a similar feat, but he has a genuine belief he can repeat the feat during the 2003 race.
McGee is in the relative infancy of his career and has yet to reach his peak as a rider.
But he believes he has the makings of a team leader at FDJeux.com and is capable of being a future winner of the Tour.
Despite finishing 109th, more than two-and-a-half hours behind Lance Armstrong, he argues he has yet to bother to push in the general classification.
He recently told the BBC Sport website: "I'm happy to see Lance winning the next couple and then I'll think more seriously about the general classification.
"I believe I have the ability and, by then, I should be hitting my peak as a rider. Wearing the yellow jersey remains the ultimate goal."