Lachlan Morton signs with EF Pro Cycling

Lachlan Morton
2017 Amgen Tour of California - Pasadena Press Conference

Lachlan Morton is back. From the 2019 season, the 26-year-old will be on board with EF Pro Cycling. Morton comes over to the team after two years with Dimension Data and prior to that, he rode with US continental team Jelly Belly. His previous wins have included general classification at the Tour of Utah and Tour of the Gila as well as top tens at Tour of California and Tour of Oman.

After a rocky 2018, which saw him out of action early season with a broken arm due to a collision with a car on a training ride, he is happy to put the past season behind him and move forward.

I’m sort of itching to get back into it, to be honest, he said about 2019 and his move to the team.

Lachlans return to the team is something weve been excited about for some time. His climbing talent is quite clear, and his racing style can be very aggressive and fun to watch. Im particularly keen on exploring some alternative races with Lachlan, said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. A couple of years back, he dropped into Leadville when we sent Joe Dombrowski. Thats the kind of stuff well be doing more of, and Lachlan will be a key part of that. We havent nailed down the exact alternative program yet, but its going to be a fun way to get to the races and interact with different groups of fans and racers.

Before signing a two-year contract with Garmin-Sharp back in 2014, Morton had been a part of the Slipstream development program, a team back then known as Chipotle-First Solar Development Team. He has a long history with Slipstream as it has moved through its different iterations.

Morton is excited to tackle the alternative race program that is going to be set out for the 2019 EF Pro Cycling race schedule. Through the long-distance trips that he and his brother Gus have undertaken and produced the documentary series Thereabouts about, he believes the unique races are a great way to connect with fans.

A lot of people have connected with me through the Thereabouts stuff because its relevant to them. I feel like a lot of the time when I’m racing I don’t feel like I’m really relevant to a lot of cycling fans, Morton said.

He sees traveling by bike as a great way to broaden horizons and already has a strong connection with a new sponsor in 19, Rapha. When Morton heard of EF and Rapha partnering up in 19, he called it a perfect match.

I think the most exciting thing is they [EF Education First] really see the untapped value that’s sitting there in cycling. A lot of other sponsors havent really been able to tap into it. EF are really committed to growing it and in turn, they’ll grow the sport as a whole, Morton said. I hope that we can successfully create that connection that makes World Tour cycling more relevant. And personally, I hope to be able to be competitive and get results in races from say, the likes of Dirty Kanza, way up to the likes of the Tour of Spain, that would be really cool.

After leaving the team four years ago, which was then under the banner of Garmin-Sharp, hes mostly looking forward to being back with old friends.

Theyre just a good group of people who have a pretty broad understanding of the world outside of cycling, which I think is important and motivating to be involved with, and what I’m looking forward to most if I’m honest. It looks like they’re having a lot of fun while they’re out there racing. Theyre performing at a really high level.  I think those things go hand in hand, and I’m excited to be part of that.

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