The Amgen Tour of California played out like a race with a saw-tooth profile for Dimension Data‘s Lachlan Morton, as the 25-year-old Australian suffered a series of peaks and valleys only to emerge on top after the final stage in Pasadena.
Morton hit his first high point during stage 2 on Monday, making it into the group of four general classification contenders who escaped the field on Mt. Hamilton and then stuck their advantage to the line.
Morton moved into fourth overall during the stage and held the lead in the Best Young Rider classification, a jersey he’d wear until disaster stuck during the stage 6 time trial at Big Bear Lake.
A mechanical straight out of he start house sunk his result and dropped him to ninth overall, moving him down to third among the young riders behind Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) and Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb).
But Morton was having none of it on Saturday, making the eventually successful move and then helping power it to the line.
“Obviously it was disappointing yesterday having the mechanical,” Morton said. “And so I felt I had to pay back the team for all the work they did for me this week. So I just let it hang out and it went to the finish, so that was pretty sweet.”
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