Video: Vaughters calls on other teams to help with Tour de France workload

Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Transitions)

Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Transitions) (Image credit: PhotoSport International)

With Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) in the maillot jaune, his team has a certain amount of responsibility for controlling the racing at the Tour de France. However Garmin-Cervelo also has a number of other ambitions in the race, including posting a rider in the top ten on GC. As a result team boss Jonathan Vaughters knows that he can't afford to burn all his matches in the pursuit of breakaways just to hold onto the leader's jersey.

Having done the lion's share of the work during stage 5, Vaughters insisted to Cyclingnews before the start of stage six that a number of other teams would also have to work alongside his riders to ensure the 226.5km stage ends with a bunch sprint.

Hushovd and teammate Tyler Farrar are both in contention for the green jersey but with a number of all-rounders such as Gilbert and Rojas in the mix, Vaughters explains how that may effect tactics in the future.
 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.