Back in April of this year, Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) took an incredible win at the 199.6-kilometre Grand Prix de Denain in northern France. The Briton won the bunch sprint after squeezing through seemingly impossible gaps in the run to the line.
Inside the last one hundred metres of the race, it seemed that Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) would take the victory. However, McLay weaves his way through narrow gaps between the other sprinters to overtake the Frenchman with just metres remaining.
It’s not evident from the finish line camera how McLay had come from nowhere to win, but the helicopter show really shows how impressive his win was.
Here are the closing stages of the race.
“To be honest, I thought it was over with just two or three hundred metres (remaining), but I just said to myself “don’t brake and keep sprinting” and then the gaps opened up. And I did twenty metres of sprint and just at the last moment I could come through,” he explained afterwards.