McLay at the 2015 Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
|Full name||Daniel McLay|
3 January 1992|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb; 11.7 st)|
|Current team||Fortuneo–Vital Concept|
|Discipline||Road and track|
|2008||Leicestershire Road Club|
|2011–2014||Omega Pharma-Lotto Davo|
Infobox last updated on|
27 November 2016
Daniel McLay (born 3 January 1992) is a British racing cyclist, competing in road, track and cyclo-cross. His first season as a professional was 2015, racing for French pro-continental and 2014 Tour de France wildcard outfit Bretagne–Séché Environnement. Primarily a sprinter, McLay is also competent in the Flemish racing scene and has a particular affinity to the Northern Classics. He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, McLay moved to the UK as an infant and was brought up in Leicester. McLay began cycling competitively at the age of six. Following his success as under 16 rider at the British National Track Championships, he represented Great Britain at the 2007 European Youth Olympic Festival, competing in the criterium and road race events. He says that he was not very good at sports that require coordination as a school-boy and thus this fuelled his desire to continue competing in cycling.
In 2009, McLay became a member of British Cycling's Olympic Academy. McLay went on to win the bronze medal in the Madison at the UEC European Track Championships with partner Sam Harrison. He also represented Great Britain at the 2009 Junior UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
In 2010 he became World Champion in the Junior World Madison Track Championships, with Simon Yates.
In 2014 he won a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir, commonly coined as The Tour of the Future. He also came seventh in Tour of Britain stages, a strong showing given that sprinters such as Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Mark Renshaw and Adam Blythe were also competing. But, he says, seventh was not a representation of what he could have achieved.
He signed for the Bretagne–Séché Environnement professional continental team for the 2015 season. He won his first professional victory in Stage 3 of the 2015 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. In the first UCI World Tour race of his career, the 2015 Paris–Nice, McLay came eighth in stage 5.
His second profesional win came the following season at the 1.HC ranked Grand Prix de Denain, weaving his way from distance through the centre of the bunch to win it on the line. His second win came a month later in the Grand Prix de la Somme, beating Nacer Bouhanni into 2nd place. Due to those two wins, McLay was selected to take part in his first Tour de France, and finished in the Top 10 in his first sprint finish. After another two top 10 finishes, McLay finished on the podium on Stage 6 behind Cavendish and Kittel.
- UCI Junior Track World Championships
- 1st Madison (with Simon Yates)
- 2nd Team pursuit
- 1st National Junior Road Race Championships
- 1st Overall Junior Tour of Wales
- 2nd Paris–Roubaix Juniors
- 6th Overall Driedaagse van Axel
- 1st Stage 1
- 1st Grand Prix de Waregem
- 6th Dorpenomloop Rucphen
- 1st De Drie Zustersteden
- 1st Grand Prix José Dubois
- 2nd Kernen Omloop Echt-Susteren
- 2nd Dorpenomloop Rucphen
- 4th National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
- 4th Paris–Chauny
- 5th Ster van Zwolle
- 5th Textielprijs Vichte
- 6th Overall Paris–Arras Tour
- 1st Overall Ronde van Oost-Vlaanderen
- 1st Stage 2
- Tour de Normandie
- 1st Points classification
- 1st Stage 3
- 1st Stage 3 Tour de l'Avenir
- 2nd Dorpenomloop Rucphen
- 3rd National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
- 4th Overall Paris–Arras Tour
- 1st Stage 3
- 5th Grand Prix de la ville de Pérenchies
- 7th Paris–Tours Espoirs
- 10th Beaumont Trophy
- 1st Otley Grand Prix
- 1st Stage 3 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
- 6th Brussels Cycling Classic
- 7th Paris–Bourges
- 8th Overall Tour de Picardie
- 8th Velothon Berlin
- 1st Grand Prix de Denain
- 1st Grand Prix de la Somme
- 4th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
- 5th Overall Tour de Picardie
- 10th Overall Boucles de la Mayenne
- 10th Scheldeprijs
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress
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