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Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life Hardcover – March 1, 2012
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Victory at ParisRoubaix. 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 worlds greatest races.
Writerphotographer 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 Julys Tour de France, to flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September, Argyle Armada delivers an unprecedented look at Americas 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 racing revolutionaries.
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
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THIS MAKES FOR AN INTERESTING READ PARTICULARLY AFTER READING MANY OF THE RIDER FOCUSSED AUTOBIOGRAPHIES.
COMPLEMENTED BY EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHS IT IS NOT OUT OF PLACE ON THE COFFEE TABLE