Jelly Belly Cycling’s rider and Argonaut Lachlan Morton bounced back on the final stage of the Tour of Utah to not just win the stage but also claim the overall title.
Morton covered the 78-mile course in three hours and eight minutes. For the overall title, he finished with a final time of 27 hours and 12 minutes for the week.
“We had one card to play today, and that was to go all in on the last climb,” Morton said. “I knew there were 10 or 15 fast kilometres before the climb, so the chances of us coming back were pretty high. For sure there was some concern but to win any race you have to be willing to lose it first. So we just stuck to our guns and road our race and let them ride theirs.”
Lachlan Morton attacked on the Hors Categorie climb of Empire Pass to win Stage 7 and clinched the overall general classification victory at the seven-day 2016 Tour of Utah. An inspired Morton, who lost the yellow Race Leader jersey on Stage 6, accelerated away from G.C. leader Andrew Talansky (USA) of Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling for the win in Park City.
“I have had a few pretty tough years since the last time I raced here.” said Morton. “To get to this top step is very special. There were a lot of things going through my head.”
Morton entered the final day of the race with a 22-second deficit behind Talansky for the race lead. He captured the leader’s jersey on Stage 3, a stage he also won in 2013 with a climb over Mount Nebo. He lost the G.C. lead two days later on the “Queen Stage.”
About Jelly Belly Cycling
Jelly Belly Cycling is an American UCI Continental team with a rich history. Founded in California in 2000, Jelly Belly Cycling is the oldest of the North American teams. The team’s athletes race in events under the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) and the UCI America Tour, the highest level of competition.