Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 10, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Boasson Hagen dedicates Dauphiné stage win to injured Dimension Data development rider; Domagalski dominates Tour of Korea stage; Nizzolo wins GP du canton d’Argovie; Commentary: Bahrain prince’s torture allegations too big for cycling to ignore; Lachlan Morton: “I’d like to have another shot at the WorldTour”; Kwiatkowski battles sickness at Dauphine; British MP calls annual parliamentary cycle ride ‘foolish’; Wiggins crashes local cycling club time trial; New bicycle ‘bell’ emails mayor when in danger; Ride of silence for cyclists killed in Michigan; Criterium du Dauphiné stage 4 recap; Chris Froome on failure; Post-ride cookie recipe (and warm-down)

Lachlan Morton: “I’d like to have another shot at the WorldTour”

by Mike Marino

Jelly Belly’s Lachlan Morton has had a unique career path in professional cycling, and all before the age of 25. From the success of a place on a top WorldTour team to nearly hanging up the bike completely, he now races for an American Continental squad. That has helped reignite a passion for the sport and could ultimately lead him back to the top.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

On the day Lachlan Morton had prepared for, worked toward, and circled on the calendar back in October, riders were already on the course at the Amgen Tour of California, the crucial time trial stage that would ultimately decide the race winner.

Focused as well as was possible due to a mid-race concussion two days earlier, Morton was attacking his targets of the moment: the spinach greens, chicken slices and the occasional walnut of his lunchtime salad. He was seated at a window table of a restaurant in Folsom, just steps from the finish line, wearing not an aero Jelly Belly skinsuit but jeans and a hoodie, the telltale outfit of a man whose race had ended prematurely, marked by the sport’s three scarlet letters, the ones no rider wants to see next to his name. DNF. Did not finish.

The result was hauntingly familiar for the 24-year-old Australian, seen three years earlier as one of the sport’s brightest future stars, a Grand Tour contender-in-the-making. His breakout performances in the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge in 2013 had suggested nothing less. Time spent in leader’s jerseys. Best young rider in both. A stage win in Utah. Three other top-10 finishes and fifth overall in Colorado.

Then came a fall from grace more devastating than his rise had been swift.

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