Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life

Hardcover | March 1, 2012

byMark JohnsonForeword byJonathan Vaughters

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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: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Lifedelivers an unprecedented look at America''s most celebrated cycling team. Embedded with Garmin-Cervélo for its entire 2011 season, writer-photographer Mark Johnson brilliantly chronicles the team''s most intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations.

More than a book about racing,Argyle Armadais a portrait of life as a member of a pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport. Johnson unveils the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo must navigate 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 Armadaoffers an unprecedented look inside a team battling for the future of professional cycling.

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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: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Lifedelivers an unprecedented look at America's most celebrated cycling team. Embedded with Garmin-Cervélo for its entire 2011 season, writer-photographer M...

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SPORTS/CYCLINGVictory 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 ...

Mark Johnsonhas covered cycling as a writer and photographer for national and international publications since the 1980s. His work has been published in cycling titles includingVeloNewsin the United States,Cycling Weeklyin the UK,Veloin France, andRide Cycling Reviewin Australia, as well as general-interest publications includingThe Wall Street Journaland theSan Diego Union-Tribune. A category 2 road cyclist, Mark ha...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.27 × 11.39 × 0.86 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Cast of Characters

1. Winter Training Camp
2. The Cobbled Classics: Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix
3. The Ardennes Classics
4. Amgen Tour of California
5. The Tour de France
6. USA Pro Cycling Challenge
7. Vuelta a Espana
8. Grand Prix Cyclist de Quebec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal
9. The Business of Pro Cycling

Index
About the Author