Victory at Paris-Roubaix. Four stage wins, seven days in the
yellow jersey, and the team prize at the Tour de France. Stage wins
at the Tour of California and the Vuelta a España. Fighting for
first place with a budget half that of their main ProTour
competitors, the 2011 Garmin-Cervélo team became one of the most
admired teams in pro cycling.
Founded in 2003 as a low-key development squad for young
American cyclists, by 2011 Garmin-Cervélo had evolved into a fully
international enterprise that shook the foundation of the pro
cycling establishment. Though the team lacked a lavish budget and
the big-name stars of its ProTour competitors, it convincingly won
some of the world's greatest races.
Writer-photographer Mark Johnson spent a year embedded with the
Garmin-Cervélo professional cycling team, recording its most
intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations. From winter
training camp on the cobbled lanes of medieval Girona, Spain, to
hard-earned stage victories in July's Tour de France, to
flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September,
Argyle Armada delivers an unprecedented look at America's
most celebrated cycling team.
Argyle Armada is a portrait of life as a member of a
pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport.
Inside the team buses and stage-race hotels, cycling struggles to
shake off the hidebound traditions of the past and expand to a
global sports franchise. The charge is led by Garmin-Cervélo team
founder Jonathan Vaughters and his unconventional band of bike
More than a book about racing, Argyle Armada unveils
the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo navigates as team founder
Jonathan Vaughters tries to push forward his vision of a reformed
sport. Along the way, countless difficult decisions must be made to
keep the team competitive in the chase for ProTour points, money,
respect, and fame.
With all-access insight and spectacular color images, Argyle
Armada offers an unprecedented look inside one team as it
battles for the future of professional cycling.
Foreword by Jonathan Vaughters