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Team EF Education First–Drapac
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Team information
UCI code TIA (2005–2006)
TSL (2007–2008)
GRM (2009–2012)
GRS (2012–2014)
TCG (2015)
CPT (2016)
CDT (2016–2017)
EFD (2018– )
Registered United States
Founded 2003 (2003)
Discipline Road (2003−present)
Track (2003−2006)
Status Unrecognized (2003–2004)
UCI Continental (2005−2006)
UCI Professional Continental (2007–2008)
UCI World Tour (2009–present)
Bicycles Abici (2003)
Lemond (2004)
Javelin (2005–2006)
Felt (2007–2010)
Cervélo (2011–2014)
Cannondale (2015–present)
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Jonathan Vaughters
Team manager(s) Charly Wegelius
Team name history
Team Slipstream
Team Slipstream−Chipotle
Team Garmin–Chipotle p/b H30
Team Garmin−Slipstream
Team Garmin−Transitions
Team Garmin−Cervélo
Team Garmin−Barracuda
Team Cannondale−Garmin
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
Cannondale–Drapac Pro Cycling Team
Team EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale
Current season

Team EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale (UCI Code: EFD), is an American professional cycling team. Founded in 2003, the squad entered the UCI World Tour in 2009. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, United States, the team maintains an equipment and training facility in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Slipstream Sports, a holding company, owns EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale. EF Education First, a Swedish–Swiss education company, and Drapac Capital Partners, an Australian–American real estate firm, are the co-sponsors. Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, an American–Canadian bicycle manufacturer, is the presenting sponsor. The general manager is American Jonathan Vaughters and the directeur sportif is Finn–Briton Charly Wegelius.[a] Between 2006 and 2012, the squad was partnered with American Chipotle–First Solar Development Team in the UCI America Tour. Since 2017, it has ties to Australian Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale Holistic Development Team in the UCI Oceania Tour. The team's 25 riders hail from 13 different nations.

Between the 2009 and the 2017 UCI World Tours, the team finished inside the top-ten on six occasions. Notable results include: the 2009 Vattenfall Cyclassics and the 2010 Vattenfall Cyclassics with American Tyler Farrar, the 2010 Tour de Pologne, the 2013 Volta a Catalunya, the 2013 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the 2014 Giro di Lombardia with Irishman Dan Martin, the 2011 Tour Down Under with Australian Cameron Meyer, the 2011 Paris–Roubaix with Belgian Johan Vansummeren, the 2012 Giro d'Italia with Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, and the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné with American Andrew Talansky. Between 2008 and 2017, the team claimed 22 Grand Tour stages – eight in the Giro d'Italia, eight in the Tour de France, and six in the Vuelta a España. Colombian Rigoberto Urán and Briton Bradley Wiggins finished second and third, respectively, in the 2017 and 2009 Tours de France. In 2010, Garmin–Transitions signed Norwegian Thor Hushovd, the reigning UCI World Road Race Champion. In 2010 and 2015, Briton David Millar won the silver medal at the UCI World Time Trial Championships and Lithuanian Ramūnas Navardauskas won the bronze medal at the UCI World Road Race Championships, respectively. Between 2008 and 2017, the squad won 27 national road race and time trial championships.

EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale is known for its anti-doping stance. The team reviews blood levels before signing riders, and maintains an internal testing system. Before 2015, no rider had tested positive during or after his tenure at EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale. American Tom Danielson tested positive for synthetic testosterone in August 2015.[1] In October 2016, he accepted a four-year suspension for unintentionally consuming dehydroepiandrosterone.[2][3] Riders who competed with banned substances in the late-1990s to early-2000s are eligible to ride after their confession and ban.


Early years[edit]

Vaughters founded the team for 2003 as a junior development squad. Its sponsor was 5280 magazine in Denver. The following year TIAA-CREF became sponsor and Vaughters fielded professional and amateur riders. 5280 and TIAA-CREF continued to sponsor Garmin's youth riders in subsequent years, followed by the restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill.


In 2007 Slipstream Sports LLC took the management and the team raced under the name Team Slipstream. In 2008 Chipotle Mexican Grill began to sponsor the team and the team name was changed to Team Slipstream by Chipotle. The name was changed again in June 2008 after the navigation system manufacturer Garmin was announced as the title sponsor, a week prior to the 2008 Tour de France. Their first major Tour was the 2008 Giro d'Italia, where they won the Team Time Trial and Christian Vande Velde wore the pink jersey for one stage. In the Tour de France Vande Velde finished fourth and the team was leading from stage 3 until stage 6. Garmin remained sponsor in 2009 and the team was renamed Garmin-Slipstream. In the 2009 Tour de France Bradley Wiggins was a major surprise, finishing fourth overall – later upgraded to third place after Lance Armstrong's results were voided by the UCI – while Vande Velde finished 8th. In the 2009 Vuelta a España the sprinter Tyler Farrar, the time trial specialist David Millar and the Canadian Ryder Hesjedal took stage wins for the team. In 2010 Transitions Optical became co-sponsors of the team. Hesjedal was the best rider for the team in the 2010 Tour de France, finishing 7th.


On August 28, 2010, Garmin-Transitions announced it was switching working agreements from Felt Bicycles to Cervélo bikes, and that it would change its name to Garmin-Cervélo for the 2011 season. Felt chose not to exercise its option with Garmin-Transitions after a four-year working agreement. The Cervélo TestTeam folded and seven riders moved to Garmin-Cervélo, including then world champion Thor Hushovd.[4][5] Ahead of the 2012 season, the team again changed names to Garmin-Barracuda, after Barracuda Networks joined the team as a sponsor. Despite giving up the team's second name, Cervélo will remain with the team as its official bicycle supplier.[6] In June 2012, the Sharp Corporation became the second team name sponsor, although Barracuda remained a named member of the organisation.[7][8]

After months of speculation, Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale announced on 20 August 2014 that for the 2015 season the two teams would merge. Cannondale became the title sponsor and bike supplier, with Garmin remaining a key team sponsor. Slipstream Sports became the managerial organisation behind the team.[9]

2015 – Cannondale–Garmin[edit]

The 2015 season did not match the team's expectations, with only one World Tour win, courtesy of Davide Formolo at the Giro d'Italia. At the end of the season it was announced that long term team leaders, Dan Martin & Ryder Hesjedal would leave the team for Etixx Quickstep & Trek Factory Racing respectively. Co-title sponsor Garmin also announced they would not continue sponsorship of the team.

Anti-doping program[edit]

When the team entered the Professional Continental ranks they began in the Agency for Cycling Ethics[10] program to eliminate doping.[11] First, by recruiting admitted dopers (before being hired riders are required to admit to the team any past doping offenses, while keep those revelations from the public), then by what is now conventional means. Participants are tested repeatedly to develop a bio-stable marker profile. Future tests check these markers have not moved. If they have, the rider is ill or has taken performance-enhancing drugs. If any change has been noted, the rider cannot race until the markers have returned to normal. Riders are interviewed and tested for illness or doping.

2018 season funding issues[edit]

On 26 August 2017, during the Vuelta a España, Vaughters announced that a sponsor had backed out of a commitment to provide the team with funding for the following season, and that riders under contract for 2018 were free to seek employment elsewhere. In an effort to allow the team to continue racing in the 2018 season, a crowdfunding system was set up and other sponsors sought, for the team which needed a sum of about $7 million USD to continue for the next season. [12] On September 7 riders were told that their 2018 contracts would be enforced,[13] and two days later the new sponsor, EF Education First, was announced.[14]

Team roster[edit]

As of August 21, 2018.[15]
Rider Date of birth
 Matti Breschel (DEN) (1984-08-31) August 31, 1984 (age 34)
 Nathan Brown (USA) (1991-07-07) July 7, 1991 (age 27)
 Brendan Canty (AUS) (1992-01-17) January 17, 1992 (age 26)
 Julián Cardona (COL) (1997-01-19) January 19, 1997 (age 21)
 Hugh Carthy (GBR) (1994-07-09) July 9, 1994 (age 24)
 Simon Clarke (AUS) (1986-07-18) July 18, 1986 (age 32)
 Will Clarke (AUS) (1985-04-11) April 11, 1985 (age 33)
 Lawson Craddock (USA) (1992-02-20) February 20, 1992 (age 26)
 Mitchell Docker (AUS) (1986-10-02) October 2, 1986 (age 31)
 Joe Dombrowski (USA) (1991-05-12) May 12, 1991 (age 27)
 Alex Howes (USA) (1988-01-01) January 1, 1988 (age 30)
 Sebastian Langeveld (NED) (1985-01-17) January 17, 1985 (age 33)
 Kim Magnusson (SWE) (1992-08-31) August 31, 1992 (age 26)
Rider Date of birth
 Daniel Felipe Martínez (COL) (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 22)
 Daniel McLay (GBR) (1992-01-03) January 3, 1992 (age 26)
 Sacha Modolo (ITA) (1987-06-19) June 19, 1987 (age 31)
 Daniel Moreno (ESP) (1981-09-05) September 5, 1981 (age 37)
 Logan Owen (USA) (1995-03-23) March 23, 1995 (age 23)
 Taylor Phinney (USA) (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990 (age 28)
 Pierre Rolland (FRA) (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 31)
 Tom Scully (NZL) (1990-01-14) January 14, 1990 (age 28)
 Rigoberto Urán (COL) (1987-01-26) January 26, 1987 (age 31)
 Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) (1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 28)
 Julius van den Berg (NED) (1996-10-23) October 23, 1996 (age 21)
 Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) (1988-07-28) July 28, 1988 (age 30)
 Michael Woods (CAN) (1986-10-12) October 12, 1986 (age 31)

Major wins[edit]

National champions[edit]

Team rankings[edit]

League 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
UCI World Tour 11 6 8 9 8 11 16 8 10


  1. ^ Wegelius holds dual citizenship with Finland and the United Kingdom. However, he has a license with British Cycling (BC) under the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).


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  2. ^ "Danielson says ban reduced to four years because of 'unintentional ingestion'". Cyclingnews.com. Bath, England: Immediate Media Company Limited. October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ Neal Rogers (October 7, 2016). "Updated: Fourteen months later, USADA hands Tom Danielson four-year sanction". CyclingTips. South Melbourne, Victoria: BikeExchange Pty. Ltd. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Thor Hushovd Will Hunt for Major Classics Victory with New Team". Slipstream Sports. August 30, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Six more riders named to the new Garmin-Cervélo squad". Slipstream Sports. September 1, 2010. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Team Garmin-Cervélo Officially Renamed Team Garmin-Barracuda". Garmin-Barracuda. Boulder, Colorado; Campbell, California: Slipstream Sports LLC. January 11, 2012. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Garmin-Sharp replaces Garmin-Barracuda at the Tour de France". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. June 25, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Atkins, Ben (June 25, 2012). "Sharp joins Slipstream Sports as co-sponsor of Team Garmin". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140822042634/http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/garmin-sharp-and-cannondale-merge-for-2015. Archived from the original on August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "ACE-ing the test: New frontiers in drug testing". Cyclingnews.com. February 24, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Garmin to Sponsor Slipstream Sports, Adding Edge 705 to Elite Cycling Team's Training". Garmin. January 28, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  12. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cannondale-drapac-uncertain-to-continue-in-2018/
  13. ^ "cannondale-drapac-tells-riders-it-will-enforce-2018-contracts", CyclingNews.com, 2017, retrieved 2017-09-08 
  14. ^ Westemeyer, Susan (September 9, 2017). "EF Education First revealed as Cannondale-Drapac's new title sponsor for 2018". CyclingNews. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  15. ^ "Woods to target Giro d'Italia as EF Education First-Drapac confirm 2018 goals". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 

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