Want to know what's going on in the race car with Johan? What's he saying on the bus? How he's managing 70 people traveling all over the world? In an exclusive webisode series on VERSUS.com, you'll get to go behind-the-scenes with cycling's greatest leader. Buckle up, it's time for WINNING with JOHAN!
- Webisode #5 - In the Race Car with Johan
- Webisode #4 - Birthday Message from Johan
- Webisode #3 - Santos TDU with Johan
- Webisode #2 - Training with Team RadioShack
- Webisode #1 - Meet Team RadioShack
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Winning 9 Tours de France puts Johan in an unmatched class of championship coaches. After the 2007 season, in which he won the Tour with his latest phenom, Alberto Contador, Johan embarked on a new challenge taking over the General Manager position of the troubled Astana Cycling Team.
Johan’s leadership, values and management strategy helped quickly established the new Astana Cycling Team as one of the most successful and professionally managed organizations in the sport. In just two years, the team won an impressive 3 out 5 Grand Tours, including Alberto Contador's second Tour victory. As General Manager, Johan oversaw all aspects of the Team business, as well as over 25 riders and 35 staff members, representing over 20 nationalities. He was also successful in fulfilling the Team’s mission – to foster Kazakhstan pride and develop the next generation of Kazakh riders.
What is Astana?
Team Astana is named after the capital of cycling-enthused Kazakhstan, which is located in Central Asia and is the intersection of major transportation routes, cultural, economic, social and ideological links between Europe and Asia, between the East and West!
When Discovery Channel took over title sponsorship from USPS in 2005, Lance Armstrong agreed to race for one more year and go for a record setting 7th consecutive Tour title. And that's exactly what Lance did. Led by Johan, the two wrote history together. Discovery Channel's first year was also highlighted by Paolo Savoldelli's Giro d'Italia victory. After Lance retired, Johan was tasked with finding the next Grand Tour champion, which he did in the Spaniard Alberto Contador. Two years later, in 2007, Johan guided Alberto to his first Tour victory, Johan's eighth. Joining Alberto on the podium in Paris was newly acquired teammate and 3rd place finisher American Levi Leipheimer. And for the first time in Johan's eight Tour victories, the team won the Teams Classification at the Tour. Johan proved that his formula for success worked again, this time with a different rider.
In 1999, Johan Bruyneel took over as Sports Director of the United States Postal Service Cycling Team, which was commonly referred to as the "Bad News Bears" of cycling. In that same year, Johan laid down his "We Might as Well Win" master plan which resulted in Lance Armstrong shocking the cycling world with his first Tour de France crown. Lance & Johan went on to win 6 Tours & 1 Vuelta a Espana while flying the USPS flag. The team's presence reignited cycling in the USA and made Lance a household name throughout the world.
If you've ever dreamed of racing up Alp d'Huez or leading the peloton on the Champs-Élysées, you most certainly envisioned yourself riding for Johan's "blue train" team. A team that will always be remembered for not only what they achieved, but how – with hard work, class and professionalism.