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!