First British winner of 2019 Dan McLay says his victory shows quality of UK riders

The EF Education First rider says he just wants to win races, and doesn’t care which ones

Dan McLay ahead of stage three of the 2019 UAE Tour (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Britain’s first winner of 2019 Dan McLay has praised the growing success of home-grown talent.

EF Education First rider McLay won stage one of the Herald Sun Tour last month, making him the first UK rider to get a pro win this season.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.