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Lachlan Morton
Morton at the 2014 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full name Lachlan David Morton
Nickname Lachy
Born 2 January 1992 (1992-01-02) (age 29)
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current team EF Education First
Role Rider
Rider type
  • Climber (road)
  • Gravel races (mountain biking)
Major wins
Stage races
Tour of Utah (2016)

Lachlan David Morton (born 2 January 1992) is an Australian professional road racing cyclist and mountain biker, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education–Nippo.

Career

Born and raised in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, Morton spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons in the {{{team name-2012b}}} squad's development stable, Chipotle–First Solar Development Team.

Following a successful 2016 season including stage and overall wins at the Tour of the Gila and the Tour of Utah, in September 2016 Team Dimension Data confirmed that Morton would join them for 2017, reuniting him with former Garmin teammate Ben King. He was named in the startlist for the 2017 Vuelta a España. In October 2020, he was named in the startlist for the 2020 Giro d'Italia.

Ultra-distance cycling

Morton has participated in a number of ultra-distance cycling events and challenges. In 2014 he completed a 2,500 kilometre ride from Port Macquarie to Uluru with his brother Angus Morton. The brothers made a documentary film about the ride titled "Thereabouts". In 2015 "Thereabouts Reprise" was released about a 600 mile ride across the Colorado Rockies that Morton completed with his brother, and professional cyclists Taylor Phinney and Cameron Wurf. In 2017 the Morton brothers released a third documentary titled "Thereabouts Colombia" about cycling in Colombia.

In 2019 Morton participated in Dirty Kanza, Leadville 100, GBDuro and Three Peaks Cyclocross as part of EF Pro Cycling's alternative calendar. He was first to finish the 2019 GBDuro, a 2,000 kilometre challenge from Land's End to John o' Groats in the United Kingdom. In May 2020 he set a new record of 11 hours and 14 minutes for the 142 mile Kokopelli Trail in the United States. In September 2020 he won the Badlands, a 700 kilometre race across the Iberian Peninsula.

Everesting

Morton held the Everesting world record, completing the feat in 7:29:57 on 20 June 2020. The feat garnered significant publicity, as Morton had made an attempt just days earlier which was disqualified by Hells 500, who stated that he had not reached the threshold to count as an Everesting. Since then, Alberto Contador surpassed Morton’s time by more than 2 minutes.

2021 Alt Tour

In 2021, Morton completed an "Alt Tour", riding the entire 2021 Tour de France route, including transfers, unsupported in aid of World Bicycle Relief. He started in Brittany on the same day as the regular Tour, but built up a lead on the peloton by riding for 12 hours a day. After 5,510 km and 16 days, he finished the ride in Paris about 5 days ahead of the peloton.

Major results

2009
5th Time trial, National Road Championships
2010
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Abitibi
1st Stages 3 & 6
7th Overall Tour of Utah
2011
2nd Overall Cascade Classic
3rd Overall Tour of the Gila
6th Overall Tour de Langkawi
7th Overall Giro do Interior de São Paulo
2012
6th Overall Tour de la Guadeloupe
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
8th Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
2013
5th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
Tour of Utah
1st Jersey blue.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
2015
5th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
9th Overall Tour de Beauce
10th Overall Tour of Utah
2016
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Utah
1st Stages 3 & 7
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of the Gila
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 4 Tour de Hokkaido
4th Overall Tour de Beauce
2017
7th Overall Tour of California
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
8th Overall Tour of Oman
2019
1st GBDURO
1st Stage 5 Tour of Utah
3rd Leadville Trail 100 MTB
4th Dirty Kanza 200

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2017 2018 2019 2020
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 111
A yellow jersey Tour de France
A red jersey Vuelta a España 90
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
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