Cycling’s Jonathan Vaughters: On-Road and Off-Road Innovation

Tour de France team Cannondale Garmin
Into the world of big time professional cycling this week with one of the key leaders in the field, especially when it comes to anti doping – we have Cannondale Garmin boss Jonathan Vaughters. This is a free flowing and wide-ranging interview, covering everything from the athlete-to-coach transition, the complexities of managing a team that operates simultaneously on several continents, to talent identification and more.

The Cannondale Sharp Team is one the youngest in the peloton but includes standouts Dan Martin, Ryder Hesjedal, and Andrew Talansky, all three of whom have reached the podium in numerous major races over the past three seasons.

Jonathan hit the peak of his riding career as a lieutenant on Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service Team that won the Tour de France in 1999. He went on to ride for the Credit Agricole team from 2000 to 2002. Three years later he launched, with the help of business partners, Slipstream Sports, the management company that has had a top-tier international team ever since.
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Key Themes: Cycling, Jonathan Vaughters, Tour de France, leadership, Cannondale Garmin, Garmin Sharp, Slipstream Sports, sports marketing, athlete-to-coach transition