Jonathan Vaughters was a member of the famed USPS pro cycling team when his teammate Lance Armstrong won the first of a record-breaking seven straight Tours de France. While fans were awed and inspired by the victories, Jonathan knew there was something else fueling those wins: performance enhancing drugs — something the entire team was using, including himself. The deception weighed heavy on his conscience, and Jonathan found himself at a crossroads: live with the lie or come clean and become a traitor to his friends, colleagues, and the most powerful man in cycling, Lance Armstrong.
EF Pro Cycling's Jonathan Vaughters was just 19 years old when his dream of becoming a pro cyclist came true, but it didn’t happen the way he thought it would. Instead of racing internationally on an American team, Jonathan (or JV for short) was offered a spot on a Spanish team. In this episode, JV tells us how he took a leap into the unknown to follow his dream, and how the personal and professional challenges he faced abroad made him into the person he is today. Subscribe today to catch all of our awe-inspiring EF Outbound stories. And to learn more about EF Pro Cycling, visit efprocycling.com. Follow EF: https://www.instagram.com/ef/ https://twitter.com/ef https://www.facebook.com/efnorthamerica/ https://www.tripadvisor.com/Profile/EFEducationFirst https://www.linkedin.com/company/ef-education-first/ We used and manipulated sounds from freesound.org users sergiograndamoreano, kojkibass, felix.blume, and susiq12.
The latest Humans Invent Cycling podcast is a special episode with Jonathan Vaughters, chief executive of the Garmin-Sharp team.
After last week’s podcast, Vaughters met the podcast team of Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in London to answer some of the questions they posed.
Vaughters and his team have come in for criticism after the revelation that Ryder Hesjedal, the 2012 Giro d’Italia winner, doped ten years ago. Many asked why this news has only been disclosed now, and whether it should alter our view of the Garmin-Sharp team, of Hesjedal himself, and of what his Giro victory meant.