Jelly Belly Cycling’s Rider Takes the Overall Race Lead
Jelly Belly Cycling’s rider and Argonaut Lachlan Morton won Stage 3 of the Tour of Utah yesterday and, by doing so, also moved into the overall race lead. Three years ago, he also achieved this exploit.
The 24-year-old Australian jumped from 64th to 1st overall and will take a seven second advantage over Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) and a nine second advantage over Andrew Talanksy (Cannondale-Drapac) into stage 4.
“It’s incredible, there are a lot of strong climbers here and I was a marked man but still managed to get away,” explains Lachlan Morton. “It's motivating to finish ahead of such accomplished riders. The plan went 100% right today. That's rare in cycling. The boys committed to making the bottom of the climb hard and they blew the race wide open, then it was up to me to pay them back.”
Three years on from his Stage 3 Tour of Utah success, Morton also commented on this achievement: “It's been a very interesting 3 years since I last won in Payson. I’ve grown a lot as a person and am much more content with my life. I wanted to win here for all the people who continued to support me even when things weren’t going very well. Also I wanted to win here for myself, to prove to myself that I was still capable of a result like this.”
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.