Garmin's success, particularly its unprecedented win on Sunday, is also a landmark moment for Vaughters, a former teammate of Armstrong and an outspoken opponent of doping.
His Garmin squad is one of the few teams in the professional peloton that’s openly committed to an “anti-doping” policy.
Throughout the season, Garmin riders are subjected to independent drug controls run by Dr. Don Catlin, a pioneer of anti-doping tests. (HTC-Highroad, a rival American squad, also uses Catlin’s lab.)
These tests are a supplement to the official controls administered by race officials and the UCI, professional cycling’s governing body.
In addition, the team has riders sign a contract that stipulates, among other things, that they won’t use needles or take infusions of any kind.
Originally, Vaughters’ team was focused on youth training. After retiring from a nine-year racing career in 2003, including a stint with Armstrong’s US Postal Squad, the Denver native took $50,000 of his own money and started Slipstream Sports, a venture aimed at cultivating young American riders.