The Australian will be on the road for 23 days, riding unassisted in an effort to beat the Tour de France peloton to Paris, despite an additional 2,400 kilometers of transfers between stage courses.It’s while riding without support, and often sleeping in a tent, to help raise money for World Bicycle Relief. EF Education First and clothing sponsor Rapha donated 1,000 bicycles and a donation of 120 euros through the Alt tour website is used to purchase a bicycle for a child.
“I prefer my Tour to his Alt Tour de France because I like to sleep in a good bed every night, have full support, have a massage, wake up easily in the morning and then run hard,” said Urán. Cyclismenews ironic but full of admiration for his teammate.
“It’s loco what he does, but it’s also cool because for every kilometer he covers, we give the children a bicycle. I hope other people will also donate to repay Lachlan’s suffering. It’s super hard for him because he has no support. I really hope he can continue to Paris.
Morton is known for mixing WorldTour races with daring and often offbeat cycling adventures. His latest challenge ‘Alt Tour’ is inspired by the first editions of the Tour de France.
Morton rode for ten hours on Sunday and has so far done 550 kilometers. While his teammates were pampered in a French hotel, he pitched his tent near Lorient and ate beans and a baguette for dinner. He will lead the peloton during stage 3 at Pontivy on Monday.
Urán will compete in the same 182-kilometer stage later on Monday after battling to stay well placed in the overall standings.
He finished at the same time as Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and his other rivals overall during the stage on Saturday and then again on Sunday at the top of Mûr-de-Bretagne.
He is only 26 seconds behind new race leader Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and in a group of riders 18 seconds behind Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and 13 seconds behind Pogačar.
Urán finished second overall in the recent Tour de Suisse, forcing EF Education-Nippo to adjust its Tour de France strategy to better support its overall ambitions.
The first stage was super tough, then the climb to Mûr-de-Bretagne was tough too and a real fight for the GC riders, ”he declared. Cyclismenews shortly after the end.
“The most important thing for me and my teammates is that we have tried something. This time, Sergio Higuita tried a shot, but the level of the Tour is very high and so he could not escape. However, it’s important to at least try something. I wasted no time and it is important too.