Daniel "Dan" McLay (born 3 January 1992) is a British racing cyclist, competing in road, track and cyclo-cross, who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Arkéa–Samsic. 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.
|Full name||Daniel McLay|
|Born||3 January 1992|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb; 11.7 st)|
|2008||Leicestershire Road Club|
|2011–2014||Omega Pharma–Lotto Davo|
|2018–2019||EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale|
|One-day races and Classics|
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, McLay moved to the United Kingdom 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.
McLay was selected to represent Britain at the Junior European Cyclo-cross Championships in 2008, where he finished last.
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 2014 he won a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir (English: 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, although he said that seventh was not a representation of what he could have achieved.
Bretagne–Séché Environnement (2015–17)Edit
He signed for the Bretagne–Séché Environnement professional continental team for the 2015 season. He won his first professional victory in Stage 3 of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. In the first UCI World Tour race of his career, Paris–Nice, McLay came eighth in stage 5.
His second professional win came at the 2016 Grand Prix de Denain, a French 1.HC race, 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 Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel.
EF Education First–Drapac (2018–19)Edit
- 1st Points race, National Junior Track Championships
- UCI Junior Track World Championships
- 1st Madison (with Simon Yates)
- 2nd Team pursuit
- National Junior Road 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 Time trial, National Under-23 Road 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 Stage 3 Tour de l'Avenir
- 2nd Dorpenomloop Rucphen
- 3rd Time trial, National Under-23 Road 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
- 1st Tour de l'Eurométropole
- 1st Trofeo Playa de Palma
- 3rd Trofeo Felanitx–Ses Salines–Campos–Porreres
- 1st Stage 4 Circuit de la Sarthe
- 1st Stage 1 Herald Sun Tour
- 1st Stage 2 Tour of Guangxi
- Volta a Portugal
- 1st Stages 5 & 6
- 8th Bretagne Classic
- 2nd Ronde van Limburg
- 7th Elfstedenronde
- 8th Overall Boucles de la Mayenne
- 9th Circuit de Wallonie
Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit
|Tour de France||170||DNF||—||—||—||DNF|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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- "Cycling: Dan McLay shows his sprinting speed and opens his winning account in Africa". Leicester Mercury. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
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- "In-form cyclist Dan McLay seals second win on the road". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 2 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "Tour de France: Sepulveda and McLay named in Fortuneo-Vital Concept team". Cycling News. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Tour de France:Cavendish wins stage 6". Cycling News. Archived from the original on 29 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- Robertshaw, Henry (2 October 2017). "Watch: Early celebration allows Dan McLay to clinch Belgian race at the last possible moment". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- Robertshaw, Henry (2 October 2017). "Dan McLay to make step up to WorldTour level as he signs for EF Education First-Drapac". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2 October 2017.