Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 9, 2016

In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton wins Tour of Utah in stunning finale; Bujak wins Route de France stage 1; Annemiek van Vleuten OK but disappointed after horrific crash in women’s Olympic road race; With Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton, there’s more than meets the eye; Lucinda Brand signs with Liv-Plantur; Frank to AG2R La Mondiale for two years; Successful surgery for Nibali; Henao ordered to rest in lieu of surgery after Rio crash; Ironman Boulder athlete killed by vehicle during cycling leg of race; Military explodes suspicious bag at finish during men’s road race; Researchers studying cycling to speed intensive care recovery; Tour of Utah recap video; Bike commuter nearly crashes out breakaway

With Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton, there’s more than meets the eye

by Michael Better

First came the joy, as he threw his arms into the air, energizing the crowd.

Then, as he approached the finish the raw emotion came over him. His hand moved to his mouth, tears began to stream down his face, which scrunched up as the gravity of what he had just achieved came over him.

On Sunday in Park City, Utah, Australian Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) crossed the finish line alone and collapsed to the ground, the effort rendering him unable to stand. His team manager came and coaxed him up into an immense huge, lifting him off the ground. His father, David, was there, his pride shining through.

After the podium champagne had been sprayed and drank, and the media poked and prodded his mind for thoughts, Morton strolled down to his team camper, where the celebration had already begun. He hugged and high-fived everyone in sight and popped a beer, before finally heading over to anti-doping.

Morton emphatically captured the overall title of the 2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with a ride of pure class on the final day, as the race traversed the brutally steep climb of Empire Pass.

With heavy rain, hail, and an attack by the yellow jersey creating a nervous run-in to the final climb, Morton was put between a rock and a hard place, but he didn’t waver. He “stuck to his guns,” he explained, and entrusted his Jelly Belly teammates, as the small Continental squad from California pulled off the upset, beating WorldTour powerhouses such as Cannondale-Drapac, BMC Racing, and Trek-Segafredo.

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