From Alt Tour to Clásica Jaén: Morton back on the road bike

UBEDA SPAIN FEBRUARY 14 Lachlan David Morton of Australia and Team EF Education Easypost competes during the 1st Clsica Jan Paraso Interior 2022 a 1877km one day race from Baeza to Ubeda 727m ClsicaJan22 on February 14 2022 in Ubeda Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Lachlan Morton with his EF Education-EasyPost teammates in the Clásica Jaén (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

"It's the first time I've ridden a road bike since Paris, so it feels a little funny, but it's cool too. I love to get back into a racing environment," Lachlan Morton (EF Education-EasyPost) told Cyclingnews as he waited for the start of the Clásica Jaén on Monday, some seven months after completing his 18-day Alt Tour de France.

Jaén was Morton's first road race, too, since the Route d'Occitanie last June, but he's hardly been missing out on competitive off-road cycling since then. Over the winter, while other pros were resting up, Morton took part in two arduous MTB events in South Africa, the Absa Cape Epic and the Munga. Then on Sunday, he did another MTB race in Spain.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.