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by Matt de Neef
August 8, 2016
In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Anna van der Breggen takes gold in women’s Olympic road race; Greg van Avermaet sprints to road gold at Rio Olympics; Alberto Contador fires Vuelta warning shot with Vuelta a Burgos victory; Amy Pieters takes Route de France lead with prologue victory; Rui Vinhas wins the Volta a Portugal; Annemiek van Vleuten crashes out of Olympic medal contention in horror fall; Porte, Nibali and Henao all suffer fractures in men’s Olympic road race; Brazilian drug testing programme was halted in Olympics lead-up; Russian athletes banned from the Rio Paralympics; Roadtripping the Mawson Trail – the film.
Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) has capped off a terrific season with overall victory in the Tour of Utah, clinching the race with a win on Sunday’s final stage.
Trailing Andrew Talansky by 22 seconds coming into stage 7, Morton attacked at the bottom of the day’s final climb — Empire Pass — and reached the summit alone. He soloed the remaining 13km down to Park City and up into town to win the stage 31 seconds ahead of rising star Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) and 50 seconds clear of Darwin Atapuma. Andrew Talansky finished fourth, 1:51 behind Morton, relinquishing his yellow jersey in the process.
Morton had moved into the lead of the Tour of Utah back on stage 3 when he won into Payson. He kept the lead the following day when Travis McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel) won the bunch kick. On stage 5 Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) took out a bunch sprint ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac) as Morton’s bunch time saw him again maintain his overall lead.
But on stage 6, the race’s queen stage to the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) took the lead away from Morton with victory on the stage ahead of Darwin Atapuma.
It was only with a brave early attack that Morton was able to take back the lead on the final day of racing, surely making him an exciting prospect for a return to the WorldTour in 2017.