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Jon Vaughters interview (semi-spoiler)(8 posts)

Jon Vaughters interview (semi-spoiler)el_pato
Jul 20, 2002 10:19 AM
Anyone catch OLN's interview with Vaughters yesterday following his dropping out of the Tour (again) and notice how strange it was when compared with other sports interviews? Especially when the guy asked him if he was going to try the tour next year and Vaughters flat out said no, that he just wasn't up to it anymore. He was an utterly defeated man and admitted as much, and it was just so different from any other interview with a pro athlete that I've ever seen that I thought it deserved noting. Any comments?
re: Jon Vaughters interview (semi-spoiler)TJeanloz
Jul 20, 2002 11:32 AM
I didn't see the interview, but is reporting that he was sacked by his team last night, and that he'll return to the U.S. to race for a domestic team.
re: Jon Vaughters interview (semi-spoiler)rufus
Jul 20, 2002 4:24 PM
well, if they thought he was that bad, then why did they put him on their tour team anyway?
re: Jon Vaughters interview (semi-spoiler)PaulCL
Jul 20, 2002 12:05 PM
In a velonews diary, Vaughters commented that in the TDF he was keeping up with the other riders, but not racing against them. He said that the pace was just too fast for him. I guess he didn't feel as if he was helping his team. A tough nut to swallow. Give the guy credit for admitting that he was outmatched. It's gotta be tough to do that publicly.
I agree..jagiger
Jul 20, 2002 6:57 PM
I saw the interview and I thought that he was pretty candid, given it's got to be a bit of a disappointment. Actually, I was impressed that he could be so upfront about it and his honesty was refreshing when you compare it to the general hype & media bs that you generally get. I wish him the best.
re: Jon Vaughters interview (semi-spoiler)Crash
Jul 20, 2002 5:41 PM
I saw the interview on tape today. I thought that Jon came across as a brutally honest guy, both with the interviewer and himself. Even took full blame for one of his DNF's. It's so rare to see anyone in professional sports take responsibility for anything they do it was kind of refreshing. I wish him the best in whatever he decides to do. Seems like a really classy guy.
Yup, JV is a class actNiwot
Jul 20, 2002 7:57 PM
The VN article says he has talked to Saturn about racing for them in the U.S. next year. If so, I'll look forward to seeing him race in SoCal next spring. Wonder if he'll show up in Boulder to defend his Boulder-to-Breckenridge title in a couple of weeks.
Wish I'd been wrongmoneyman
Jul 20, 2002 7:53 PM
CyclingNews writes this on 7/20:

"Vaughters Breaks with Credit Agricole
Roger Legeay, Directeur Sportif of Credit Agricole, announced this morning that CA team management has accepted Jonathan Vaughters' request to be let go and his contract terminated with Credit Agricole following his withdrawal from this year's Tour de France. Vaughters abandoned the race on Thursday after a crash on the descent of the Col d'Aubisque.

Reuters news agency quoted Legeay as saying, "he's had difficulty following the peloton, which continues to move too quickly for us."

This was the fourth time Vaughters has entered and subsequently abandoned the Tour. Although his contract with the team was effective until the end of 2003, he not continue through the end of the year. Vaughters will reportedly return to the United States to continue his
studies and pursue his professional cycling career with a domestic team."

I wrote this on 7/8:

Not to start any unfounded rumors, but let me speculate a bit. After reading the daily diaries of Jonathan and of Tyler, the contrast between the two is stark. Perhaps, and I would bet money on this, it is simply the fact that Vaughters is, always has been and always will be, a very good domestique, while Tyler is a bona fide GC contender.

Even though retirement may not be in Jonathan's mind yet, his writing reveals an attitude which is similar to that of many of us - sometimes we just don't like going to work. Tyler, on the other hand, seems full of enthusiasm and freshness that often comes from being at a new position.

Just some thoughts.

Wish I'd been wrong.