Slipstream Sports signs Dan McLay
Oct 02 2017 04:40 pm CET

Slipstream Sports signs Dan McLay

After his victory at the Tour de l'Eurometropole, Dan McLay has confirmed his move to Slipstream Sports. The rider takes a step up to the WorldTour from ProContinental team Fortuneo-Oscaro.

"I’m really happy to step up to the WorldTour, and I think this is the perfect team for me as I make that move to the top level," said the rider. "This is a crucial moment in my career. I’m getting to the age where I’m no longer considered a young and developing rider. It’s time for me to perform before the grey hairs start to appear."

The New Zealand born Briton's palmares includes a victory in the U23 Dwars door Vlaanderen and four top 10 stage finishes at the 2016 and 2017 Tour de France.

"My third place and multiple top ten finishes in the Tour were important, but there’s something different about winning," McLay explained. "I would say my sprint in Mallorca at Trofeo Palma might be my best to date. I went long and some very good sprinters couldn’t come past me. That was a good win."

The team's sports director Charly Wegelius thinks the rider can keep improving in this new stage of his career. "Dan is a rider that we have followed for a long time," he commented. "His talent is clear for all to see. It’s a big satisfaction to finally get him on board, and we are looking forward to helping him take the next steps in his development."

Even though McLay can be considered a sprinter, he thinks he can develop into a rider for spring races. "I think I can become good in the classics," he added. "I’m excited to learn from my new teammates, such as Sep Vanmarcke.

"I hope to find a winning formula and get into a habit of winning. That’s the main goal for next year."
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