American-based cycling team Garmin-Sharp have been a long-standing favourite in their home country, as well as being a strong contender in the Tour de France, Giro d'italia and la Vuelta a España. They currently have key riders such as Andrew Talansky, who has just won the Crit du Dauphine, Dan Martin and the true star Ryder Hesjedal.
General team manager Johnathon Vaughters founded the team back in 2003, when it was sponsored by Denver-based magazine '5280'. Vaughter's main aims leant towards youth development and bringing up a junior squad from scratch.
As the years went by, the team began to race under different sponsorship names, such as financial company TIAA-CREF, restaurant chain Chipotle and Slipstream Sports LLC. The team used Slipstream as its main name up until 2008 when Garmin became the main sponsor. Up to this day, Garmin have sponsored the team and currently Sharp have joined forces to make them Team Garmin-Sharp
The team strip is well-known for its argyle pattern that runs along the jersey, being the only current pro team to use this design, it makes them stand out in the tours.
Team Trivia: Team Garmin-Sharp are famous for their anti-doping actions, promoting a drug-free cycling environment. They joined the Agency for Cycling Ethics, a programme designed to wipe-out doping and drug use in cycling. Garmin-Sharp riders were required to be tested repeatedly and regularly as faces of the organisation, resulting in them having clean biological passports.