Mclay on his big move

Bri­tish sprinter will ply his trade at EF Ed­u­ca­tion First-dra­pac next sea­son

Cycling Weekly - - Contents - Vern Pitt

Sprinter Dan Mclay an­nounced he will step up to the World­tour with EF Ed­u­ca­tion First-dra­pac team (cur­rently Can­non­dale-dra­pac) next sea­son fol­low­ing his sec­ond lon­gawaited win of 2017.

Mclay, who has spent three years with French team For­tu­neo-os­caro, told Cy­cling Weekly that rac­ing more con­sis­tently at a higher level would help him de­velop, but ac­cepted that, with Rigob­erto Urán likely to tar­get the GC at the Tour de France, he was un­likely to ride the sea­son’s big­gest race.

“I’d like to ride a Grand Tour next year, I think it brings you on — you get a lot of strength from it ev­ery year when it’s pos­si­ble,” Mclay said.

He added: “Even last year they spoke to me and I was still un­der con­tract so it never went any fur­ther than that. Then ear­lier in the year I was speak­ing to them among other teams but then they had the prob­lem with the spon­sor and so it has taken a while to get it sorted.”

The Le­ices­ter­shire-based rider said that it would be nice to re­join an English­s­peak­ing team next sea­son.

Mclay sprinted to vic­tory in Tour de l’eu­rométropole on Sun­day, one of his fi­nal races for his cur­rent team, as Cofidis rider An­thony Tur­gis cel­e­brated vic­tory with his hands in the air be­fore he hit the line and fin­ished third.

“It was a nice re­sult. At the back end of the sea­son it’s al­ways good to end on a high or oth­er­wise the sea­son would fiz­zle out so it was a nice sur­prise re­ally,” he said.

The win capped off a dif­fi­cult sea­son for him in which he won two races but had to with­draw from oth­ers, in­clud­ing the Tour de France and Paris-nice. He said the year had been both men­tally and phys­i­cally drain­ing. “I can say it seemed to start well with my first few days of rac­ing in Ma­jorca [where he won], I never re­ally got on top of things with in­juries and a cou­ple of colds. I was al­ways chas­ing form and I never got on top of stuff — it’s hard when you don’t find that rhythm,” he said.

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