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‘That was a game changer for me’ says Morton of Tour Divide rest break rule

Cofidis' Spanish rider Ion Izaguirre Insausti cycles in a lone breakaway in the final ascent of the Col de la Croix Rosier during the 12th stage of the 110th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 169 km between Roanne and Belleville-en-Beaujolais, in central-eastern France, on July 13, 2023. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

Lachlan Morton set out to take on the Tour Divide route with a condition that added an extra twist to his attempt at delivering a speedy time over the 2,671-mile (4,298km) route – holding to a schedule which included a minimum of 12 hours of sleep in every 48 hours.

“It changed my mentality a lot,” said Morton in a Q&A released by his EF Pro Cycling team. “When I was riding, I’d be like, ‘alright, I’m up for it, I can push. I’ve recovered, and I need to get to this next spot, and then I’m going to relax again.’

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