Cycling fans go closer to Tour de France action

SUPERSTARS: Baden Cooke, Bradley McGee and Robbie McEwen before the start of stage three in the 2003 Tour de France. Picture: GETTY

SUPERSTARS: Baden Cooke, Bradley McGee and Robbie McEwen before the start of stage three in the 2003 Tour de France. Picture: GETTY

A TOUR de France stage winner and wearer of the yellow jersey, Bradley McGee will provide an in-depth analysis for cycling fans at Saturday night's "Inside the Peloton" at Hotel Shamrock in Bendigo.

The Bendigo International Madison committee has teamed up with some of cycling's biggest names to be at the function in-person or beamed live on the big screen from France.

"We are taking Bendigo to France," said function MC and Olympic gold medallist Scott McGrory.

The function begins at 6.30pm and includes live crosses throughout the Tour's 14th stage.

McGrory said Bendigo had strong links to this year's Tour field.

"Simon Clarke and Zak Dempster have both won the Bendigo International Madison. Mark Cavendish who crashed on day one of this year's race has won the Bendigo International Madison criterium."

McGrory said the night would include a question-answer session with McGee.

"Brad will talk about his role with the New South Wales Institute of Sport. He will also analyse the Tour so far and what's unfolding in Saturday night's stage."

There will be interviews with some of the Australian cyclists in this year's Tour at the Hotel Shamrock Bendigo and Feelgood Fitness-sponsored function.

The launch of the Bendigo International Madison Hall of Fame will also be done.

"The Bendigo Madison holds a special place in the cycling world," said McGrory, a dual winner of the classic who will be commentating on the cycling action at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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