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by Matt de Neef
November 28, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Cant, van der Poel victorious in Zeven CX World Cup; Von Hoff, Garfoot win the Stan Siejka Classic; UCI rebuffs plans to reduce team sizes in big races; Lachlan Morton set to make his WorldTour return at the 2017 Tour Down Under; Peter Velits announces his retirement; UniSA-Australia to be the only wildcard team at the 2017 Tour Down Under; American Justin Oien completes Caja Rural-Seguros roster; Lizzie Williams on her battles with mental illness; A sneak-peek at Bahrain-Merida’s jersey for 2017; Michael Matthews set to appear on Slovak TV; Argy bargy in the Flandriencross.
Lachlan Morton’s signing with Dimension Data for 2017 marks a return to the WorldTour for the 24-year-old, two years after he finished his contract with Garmin-Sharp and stepped down to Continental level. Now, as he prepares to start his season in Australia, Morton says he feels like he’s joining the WorldTour for the first time.
“That has been the goal for the last year, to get back to the top level. It was pretty much 12 months ago that I found that drive and decided what I wanted to do,” Morton told Cyclingnews from Cape Town, South Africa. “To realise that and be here at a training camp and getting ready to do a WorldTour season, in a lot of ways it feels like the first time.
“I think I’m definitely more prepared physically, but I’m also hungrier and more motivated. When I became WorldTour with Garmin, I knew more or less two years before with the development team that I was going to be in the WorldTour. Then I was a stagiaire, so it was a very slow transition. In those two years, a lot of my motivation had waned so by the time that I got there it wasn’t even really exciting I guess.”
Morton will don the Dimension Data kit in a race for the first time at the Australian Road Nationals in January, before racing the Tour Down Under later that month. Morton will likely race the Tour of California as one of his goals for the season, and, all going to plan, could race the Vuelta a Espana in September. It would be his first Grand Tour appearance.
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