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Bassons stops motor doper; Trek-Segafredo finalizes 2018 roster: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

October 3, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Bassons chases down motor-doping amateur in France; British sprinter Dan McLay signs with EF Education First-Drapac for 2018; Trek-Segafredo finalizes 2018 lineup with Tsgabu Grmay, Nicola Conci signings; Gaudry sacked as CEO of Hawthorn after five months on job; Brennauer leaves Canyon-SRAM for Wiggle High 5; Lotto-Soudal Ladies team announces six new additions to 2018 roster; Sarah Roy continues with Orica-Scott through 2019; Movistar women’s team announces roster of eight for 2018; Pawlowska breaks Boels-Dolman contract to join Team Virtu Cycling.

British sprinter Dan McLay signs with EF Education First-Drapac for 2018

by CyclingTips

Slipstream Sports announced the signing of Dan McLay Monday, one day after his win at Tour de l’Eurométropole. The 25-year-old British rider joins the WorldTour from the French Pro Continental team Fortuneo-Oscaro.

“I think this is the perfect team for me as I make that move to the top level,” said McLay. “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.”

Kiwi-born and British-bred, McLay began his U23 career in 2011 as a 19-year-old Dave Rayner-funded rider based out of Belgium. He took his first victory at the GP Stad Waregem, the U23 Dwars door Vlaanderen race, and snagged another five wins in the weeks that followed. His results netted him a contract with Lotto’s development program that would eventually span four years. In his Tour de France debut in 2016, McLay sprinted into the top 10 on four occasions, including third place on stage 6 behind Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel. He earned another four top-10 finishes at the 2017 Tour.

McLay’s recent win at Tour de l’Eurométropole was his second of the season, following a win at Trofeo Palma in January — a result he called his best pro victory. “I went long and some very good sprinters couldn’t come past me,” he said. “That was a good win.”

“Dan is a rider that we have followed for a long time,” said sport director Charly Wegelius. “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.”

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