Now Dan McLay has grabbed two victories on the roads of the Tour of Portugal! The Briton, who has extended his contract with Arkéa-Samsic for two years, chalks up the team’s 12th victory since the start of the season.
“Today was a cut and paste of the stage I won yesterday! Everything went pretty much the same with a top performance from the Arkéa-Samsic team, which made my job much easier all day. I was put in a great condition once again, and I want to thank all my teammates. Romain Le Roux worked for so many kilometers at the head of the peloton so that the break did not take too much ground, while Anthony Delaplace took up the same duties with the same energy. I was well protected by everyone, really. Alan made a break in the final, and like yesterday I was launched ideally by Matis Louvel, Bram Welten and Christophe who dropped me off 150 meters from the line. And once again, I only had to finish off the fine collective work everyone did in my favor. ”
“We had decided to sprint for Dan again on this sixth stage of the Tour of Portugal, so when a three man breakaway formed, we made sure to control them. Romain rode alone behind the breakaway, then it was Anthony who led the peloton, then we received reinforcements from other teams in the final. We caught the breakaway ten kilometers from the finish. A crash happened five kilometers from the finish, and that did manage to disorganize us a bit, but we never panicked. There was a wave in the end, and I ended up on the left side of the road, and I couldn’t help the team or Dan anymore. Bram took it with 500 meters, and then Christophe took over, and Dan just had to start his effort with 150 meters to go. I was in the wheels, and with the flow I finished 9th.”
Roger Tréhin, Sports Director of the Arkéa-Samsic team
“It was a more stressful day than yesterday since we had to ride a lot of the stage to keep the breakaways at a reasonable gap. We rode at the front of the pack until 30 kilometers from the finish, then at that point other teams came to help us. Romain Le Roux kept pace at the head of the peloton which lasted between 110 and 120 kilometers, then Anthony Delaplace took over from him. We opted for the same tactic in the final around Dan as in the previous day’s stage with Alan, Matis, Bram and Christophe as the last one to launch him. Everyone once again did a good job for this 6th stage of the Tour of Portugal. We knew from having studied the final that we had to be among the very first at 500 meters from the line, Bram took the last roundabout, and Christophe then started a last strong stint with Dan on his wheel, which ended up being our second success in the space of two days. This has been another great job by all of the team today again, and our hard work has paid off for the second time. “