(born June 10, 1973 in Denver
) is an American
former professional racing cyclist
and current manager of the professional cycling team.
Jonathan Vaughters got involved in cycling in the 1980s, racing in the Red Zinger Mini Classics
youth cycling series in Colorado. Gifted as a natural climber, he was soon to be noticed. In 1993, he was second in the Tour of Venezuela, in which he participated with the U.S. amateur team. He was recruited for the next season by the professional team Santa Clara, led by José Luis Nunes, a Catholic member of Opus Dei. Despite the fears of his parents, he left for Europe in order to start his professional career. According to Vaughters was a very conservative team with hostile management who even made his bike "disappear" in order to discourage him from continuing.
In 1997 he moved to the Comptel Data team, entering races he described as "A thousands times easier than being in Europe." He had a successful season becoming US National Time Trial Champion, and was 3rd in the National Road Race. His successes led to him signing for U.S. Postal Service cycling team
. He won the time trial of the Dauphine Libere and finished 2nd overall to Alexandre Vinokourov after losing the top spot on the final stage. He then went on to win the Route du Sud in preparation for the Tour de France
where he went on to help Lance Armstrong
win his first Tour de France
. In that Tour, he earned the nickname... Read More