Lachlan Morton, of the INNO-sponsored Jelly Belly-Maxxis cycling team recently won the 2016 Tour of Utah, racing against some of the best cyclists in the world. Morton’s win is the first by a UCI Continental team since the Tour of Utah began inviting UCI World Tour teams to the race. Not only the biggest win in Morton’s career, the win marks the biggest win in Jelly Belly’s 17 yr existence as a team. Needless to say, all of us at INNO are exceptionally proud of Lachlan, the team, and Danny Van Haute’s program.
Morton first took the race lead after winning the third stage of the race, finishing in Payson, showcasing his climbing skills. He lost the lead to Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) on the penultimate stage six, and it was immediately obvious that he was upset after the stage, choosing to ride off alone, rather than answering questions from the media. Rather than giving up though, with only 22 seconds distance between the two riders, Morton and Jelly Belly kept their powder dry until late in the final stage into Park City. After bringing back a dangerous move that contained Talansky earlier in the stage, the team set up Morton to launch his own attack on the final climb of the day up Empire Pass. “Lachy” made a bold solo move and dropped the entire field, soloing emotionally across the line to his biggest victory, finishing just shy of two minutes ahead of Talansky.
Morton’s victory propelled the team into first place in the UCI’s Americas Tour standings. It’s a huge accomplishment for the team and its long history in the US peloton. With the Tour of Alberta in Canada coming up next, the team is poised to strengthen its hold on the #1 spot.
All of us here are very proud to be associated with the team and their successes.
(All photos courtesy of Jelly Belly-Maxxis.)
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