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by Shane Stokes

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McLay takes final stage of Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Martin secures overall GC

by VeloClub

British sprinter Dan McLay (EF Education First-Drapac) landed his first win of the year when he took the final stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe on Friday. He was quickest into Sablé, beating Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale), Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ), Wouter Wippert (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and the rest of the bunch.

“The team set me up well by putting me in the front for the narrow roads,” he said. “I could save some energy and start the sprint with good legs. It’s good to go into a short break and training period with the winning feeling.”

Race leader Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) rolled in 28th and secured overall victory in the 2.1-ranked race. He finished 16 seconds ahead of teammate Xandro Meurisse and 24 up on stage one winner Justin Jules (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic).

“My confidence grew after an altitude camp in Sicily and then in Coppi e Bartali,” he said. “But it is important to harvest when you’re in shape, especially at the beginning of the season. I hope that these first two victories take away the pressure on everyone in the team.”

He is hoping to show well in the upcoming races. “I come in much better shape to the Ardennes Classics than last year,” he said. “I choose Paris-Camembert and Tour Finistere in the run-up because these races suit me better, and again the collective strength will be important. Brabantse Pijl is always a nervous race, so I prefer Paris-Camembert in my home region. Finistère next weekend is the same course as a stage in Le Tour, so it will be an ideal reconnaissance. And Amstel is not a classic that suits me will. I will arrive in Belgium just in time for Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.”