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 Armadadelivers an unprecedented look at America's most celebrated cycling team.
Argyle Armadais 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 racing revolutionaries.
More than a book about racing,Argyle Armadaunveils 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 Armadaoffers an unprecedented look inside one team as it battles for the future of professional cycling.
Foreword by Jonathan Vaughters