McLay dominant in Belgium
Dan McLay (Omega Pharma-Lotto-Davo) sprinted to victory in the Zele (April 16), just days after being overlooked to ride for Team GB.
McLay, who is in his first year riding in Belgium, was part of a six-man group that went away just after the half-way mark in the 100km race in East Flanders.
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The group swelled after several chasers made contact with the leading group, before it came down to a bunch sprint.
Writing on his blog, McLay wrote: “I was pretty confident I could win in the sprint but unbeknown to me the race took a different route to the finish line on the final lap so I was nearly too far back for the sprint and overgeared.
“I found my way through in the sprint and got my wheel in front with about 25 metres to go.
He added: “After questionably not being selected by the national team for three races this week, I was pretty sparked up to get a win.”
Tough time in Tuscany for juniors
A young Great British team have endured a difficult start to the Terra di Ciclismo in Tuscany.
Tom Moses was the highest finisher on Tuesday’s stage one in 33rd, which was won by Belgian’s Sean De Bie after a close sprint.
Tim Kennaugh finished in the fourth group on the road, with Josh Edmondson close behind, while Chris Whorrall was one of ten non-finishers.
Edmondson was the best of the GB team on the race’s second stage from Folloncia to Cascina Alta, placing 24th.
It wasn’t so good for Tim Kennaugh, younger brother of Team Sky’s Pete, who lost 16-25 to stage winner Rudy Molard (France).
Wilson involved in the action once again
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson will appear at tomorrow’s Good Friday track meeting (April 22) in Manchester as part of his challenge to cycle to every single Premier League football ground in England.
Wilson started his fundraising effort on Monday at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage ground, and hopes to make it to Hampden Park in Glasgow next Friday (April 29).
The 69-year-old represented Scotland twice, hence why his feat will finish at his country’s national stadium.
Wilson is raising money for the Willow Foundation, which he founded with his wife Megs after their daughter, Anna, died at the age of 31.
Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/BobWilsonSoccerCycle or by texting WILLOW to 70050 (a £1.50 donation will be added to your next phone bill, plus your standard network text charge).
Bob’s progress can be followed at www.bobwilsonsoccercycle.com and www.twitter.com/bobwilsonBWSC