Daniel McLay

Daniel McLay

Personal information
Full name Daniel McLay
Born (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992
Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb; 11.7 st)
Team information
Current team Fortuneo–Vital Concept
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2008 Leicestershire Road Club
2009 Univega.co.uk
2011–2014 Omega Pharma-Lotto Davo
Professional team(s)
2015– Bretagne–Séché Environnement
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

Grand Prix de Denain (2016)
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.[1]


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,[2] competing in the criterium and road race events.[3] He says [4] 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.

McLay was selected to represent Britain at the Junior European Cyclo-cross Championships in 2008, where he finished last.[5]

In 2009, McLay became a member of British Cycling's Olympic Academy.[6] 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.[7]

In 2010 he became World Champion in the Junior World Madison Track Championships, with Simon Yates.[8]

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.

Turning professional

He signed for the Bretagne–Séché Environnement professional continental team for the 2015 season.[9] He won his first professional victory in Stage 3 of the 2015 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.[10] In the first UCI World Tour race of his career, the 2015 Paris–Nice, McLay came eighth in stage 5.[11]

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.[12] His second win came a month later in the Grand Prix de la Somme, beating Nacer Bouhanni into 2nd place.[13] 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.[14] After another two top 10 finishes, McLay finished on the podium on Stage 6 behind Cavendish and Kittel.[15]

Career achievements

Major results

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

Grand Tour 2016
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 170
red jersey Vuelta

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress


  1. "2016 > 103rd Tour de France > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  2. "Daniel McLay". 2007 European Youth Olympic Festival. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  3. "Cyclist Rides to Golden Glory". 2007 European Youth Olympic Festival. 2007-07-25.
  4. "Daniel McLay". 2014 Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
  5. Bart Hazen (2008-01-11). "European Championships Cyclocross — Hoogstraten, Junior Men". Daily Peloton.
  6. "Great Britain Cycling Team Rider Biographies". British Cycling. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  7. Decaluwé, Brecht (31 January 2009). "Eising rises above the rest". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. "Leicestershire's Dan McLay strikes gold in world junior track meeting". Leicester Mercury. Trinity Mirror. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  9. "Cycling: Dan McLay shows his sprinting speed and opens his winning account in Africa". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  10. "Paris – Nice 2015 – Stage 5". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  11. "Dan McLay's sprint to win GP de Denain was incredible (video)". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  12. "In-form cyclist Dan McLay seals second win on the road". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  13. "Tour de France: Sepulveda and McLay named in Fortuneo-Vital Concept team". Cycling News. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  14. "Tour de France:Cavendish wins stage 6". Cycling News. Retrieved 18 July 2016.

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