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by Mark Zalewski
August 5, 2016
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A day after a small breakaway successfully thwarted the peloton at the Tour of Utah, it happened again. This time it was Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) repeating his 2015 stage win, winning the Mt. Nebo stage ahead of breakmates Adrian Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale Drapac).
“I came here wanting to do a good race,” said the usually quiet Morton. “As a domestic rider, this race is as big as it gets. Everyone is really motivated. I won this stage last time, so I knew it really well. This morning we just said, ‘Let’s go for it’. We hadn’t really planned for it before today. It all worked out pretty much how we wanted it to, which rarely happens.”
With the win Morton takes over the yellow jersey from Robin Carpenter (Holowesko Citadel) who finished nearly four minutes down.
“The team came here with one big goal, and that was to help me out. So far, my team has ridden above themselves. It’s going to be exciting.”
Second place Costa is the youngest rider in the race, at only 18 years-old. “Honestly I was not expecting to be climbing with these guys. It was really fun,” said Costa. “I may have done too much work in the beginning, something I have to learn about. Lachlan, at the end, showed his experience. Every day I am learning, hopefully getting stronger.”