EF Education–Nippo

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EF Education–Nippo (UCI Code: EFN), is an American professional cycling team. Founded in 2003, they have competed in the UCI World Tour since 2009. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, United States, the team maintains an equipment and training facility in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. In 2018, EF Education First, an international education company — founded in Sweden but headquartered and incorporated in Switzerland — purchased a controlling equity stake in Slipstream Sports, the sports management company behind the team.[2] The founder and CEO is American Jonathan Vaughters and the head sporting director is Briton Charly Wegelius.[a]

EF Education–Nippo
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Team information
UCI codeTIA (2005–2006)
TSL (2007–2008)
GRM (2009–2012)
GRS (2012–2014)
TCG (2015)
CPT (2016)
CDT (2016–2017)
EFD (2018)
EF1 (2019–2020)
EFN (2021–)
RegisteredUnited States
Founded2003 (2003)
Discipline(s)Road (2003–present)
Track (2003–2006)
StatusUnrecognized (2003–2004)
UCI Continental (2005–2006)
UCI Professional Continental (2007–2008)
UCI WorldTeam (2009–present)
BicyclesAbici (2003)
Lemond (2004)
Javelin (2005–2006)
Felt (2007–2010)
Cervélo (2011–2014)
Cannondale (2015–present)
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerJonathan 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
EF Education First Pro Cycling[1]
EF Pro Cycling
EF Education–Nippo
EF Education–Nippo jersey
Current season

Between the 2009 and the 2019 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, the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné with American Andrew Talansky, the 2019 Tour of Flanders with Italian Alberto Bettiol, and the 2019 Bretagne Classic Ouest–France with Belgian Sep Vanmarcke. Between 2008 and 2019, the team claimed 25 Grand Tour stages – eight in the Giro d'Italia, eight in the Tour de France, and nine 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 Road World Race Champion. In 2010, Briton David Millar won the silver medal at the UCI Road World Time Trial Championships. In 2015 and 2018, Lithuanian Ramūnas Navardauskas and Canadian Michael Woods won the bronze medal at their respective UCI Road World Race Championships. Between 2006 and 2012, the squad was partnered with American Chipotle–First Solar Development Team in the UCI America Tour. Between 2017 and 2019, it had ties to Australian Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team in the UCI Oceania Tour. Between 2008 and 2019, the squad won 37 national road race and time trial championships.

EF Education–Nippo 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 the team. American Tom Danielson tested positive for synthetic testosterone in August 2015.[3] In October 2016, he accepted a four-year suspension for unintentionally consuming dehydroepiandrosterone.[4][5] Riders who competed with banned substances in the late-1990s to early-2000s are eligible to ride after their confession and ban.


Early yearsEdit

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.[6][7] 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.[8] In June 2012, the Sharp Corporation became the second team name sponsor, although Barracuda remained a named member of the organisation.[9][10]

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.[11]

2015 – Cannondale–GarminEdit

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 programEdit

When the team entered the Professional Continental ranks they began in the Agency for Cycling Ethics[12] program to eliminate doping.[13] First, by recruiting admitted dopers (before being hired, riders are required to admit any past doping offenses to the team while keeping 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 that these markers have not moved. If they have, it is a sign that 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 issuesEdit

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.[14] In an effort to allow the team to continue racing in the 2018 season and raise the US$7 million to continue for the next season under the UCI's requirements for a WorldTour team, a crowdfunding system was set up and other sponsors sought using the hashtag #SaveArgyle.[15] Raising over half a million dollars from ~4,700 donors was not quite enough to do the trick, however the campaign was an incredibly important stepping off point.

An employee of EF Education First contacted Vaughters after learning of Slipstream Sports' plight and alerted higherups at the company about the issue. After a failed pitch to EF back in 2014, the efforts of Slipstream this time were much more fruitful. After a decline of EF's 2017 offer of a one-year funding deal, Vaughters was able to convince chairman Phillip Hult to arrange an asset purchase from the majority owner of Slipstream, effectively rendering the team EF's. On September 7, Vaughters emailed his riders to inform them that their 2018 contracts would now be enforced,[16] and two days later on September 9, 2017, the new sponsor was announced.[17]

Team rosterEdit

As of January 1, 2021.[18][19]
Rider Date of birth
  Daniel Arroyave (COL) (2000-06-19) June 19, 2000 (age 20)
  Will Barta (USA) (1996-01-04) January 4, 1996 (age 25)
  Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN) (1983-04-10) April 10, 1983 (age 38)
  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) (1993-10-29) October 29, 1993 (age 27)
  Stefan Bissegger (SUI) (1998-09-13) September 13, 1998 (age 22)
  Jonathan Caicedo (ECU) (1993-04-28) April 28, 1993 (age 28)
  Diego Camargo (COL) (1998-05-03) May 3, 1998 (age 23)
  Simon Carr (GBR) (1998-08-29) August 29, 1998 (age 22)
  Hugh Carthy (GBR) (1994-07-09) July 9, 1994 (age 26)
  Magnus Cort (DEN) (1993-01-16) January 16, 1993 (age 28)
  Lawson Craddock (USA) (1992-02-20) February 20, 1992 (age 29)
  Mitchell Docker (AUS) (1986-10-02) October 2, 1986 (age 34)
  Julien El Fares (FRA) (1985-06-01) June 1, 1985 (age 35)
  Ruben Guerreiro (POR) (1994-07-06) July 6, 1994 (age 26)
  Sergio Higuita (COL) (1997-08-01) August 1, 1997 (age 23)
Rider Date of birth
  Moreno Hofland (NED) (1991-08-31) August 31, 1991 (age 29)
  Alex Howes (USA) (1988-01-01) January 1, 1988 (age 33)
  Jens Keukeleire (BEL) (1988-11-23) November 23, 1988 (age 32)
  Sebastian Langeveld (NED) (1985-01-17) January 17, 1985 (age 36)
  Lachlan Morton (AUS) (1992-01-02) January 2, 1992 (age 29)
  Hideto Nakane (JPN) (1990-05-02) May 2, 1990 (age 31)
  Logan Owen (USA) (1995-03-23) March 23, 1995 (age 26)
  Neilson Powless (USA) (1996-09-03) September 3, 1996 (age 24)
  Jonas Rutsch (GER) (1998-01-24) January 24, 1998 (age 23)
  Tom Scully (NZL) (1990-01-14) January 14, 1990 (age 31)
  Rigoberto Urán (COL) (1987-01-26) January 26, 1987 (age 34)
  Michael Valgren (DEN) (1992-02-07) February 7, 1992 (age 29)
  Julius van den Berg (NED) (1996-10-23) October 23, 1996 (age 24)
  Tejay van Garderen (USA) (1988-08-12) August 12, 1988 (age 32)
  James Whelan (AUS) (1996-07-11) July 11, 1996 (age 24)

Major winsEdit

National championsEdit

  American under-23 road race, Ian MacGregor
  American criterium, Bradly Huff
  American under-23 road race, Craig Lewis
  American time trial, David Zabriskie
  Irish road race, Dan Martin
  New Zealander road race, Julian Dean
  American time trial, David Zabriskie
  British time trial, Bradley Wiggins
  Canadian time trial, Svein Tuft
  Australian time trial, Cameron Meyer
  Australian road race, Travis Meyer
  Brazilian road race, Murilo Fischer
  Canadian time trial, Svein Tuft
  American time trial, David Zabriskie
  Australian time trial, Cameron Meyer
  Australian road race, Jack Bobridge
  Brazilian road race, Murilo Fischer
  Lithuanian road race, Ramūnas Navardauskas
  American time trial, David Zabriskie
  German road race, Fabian Wegmann
  Lithuanian time trial, Ramūnas Navardauskas
  South African road race, Robert Hunter
  Australian criterium, Steele Von Hoff
  Dutch road race, Sebastian Langeveld
  Lithuanian time trial, Ramūnas Navardauskas
  American time trial, Andrew Talansky
  Lithuanian time trial, Ramūnas Navardauskas
  Lithuanian road race, Ramūnas Navardauskas
  New Zealander time trial, Patrick Bevin
  Irish road race, Ryan Mullen
  Irish time trial, Ryan Mullen
  American road race, Alex Howes
  Colombian time trial, Daniel Martínez
  Ecuadorian road race, Jonathan Caicedo
  Ecuadorian time trial, Jonathan Caicedo
  Colombian road race, Sergio Higuita
  Colombian time trial, Daniel Martínez

Team rankingsEdit

League 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
UCI World Tour 11 6 8 9 8 11 16 8 10 16


  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).


  1. ^ EF Education First Pro Cycling [@EFProCycling] (January 1, 2019). "2019 is a beautiful, open road. We've got a new team name: EF Education First. We'll debut the new kit soon (can't wait!) + we're working on a new website, too. Stay tuned here for updates! Thanks for following along with us in 2018. Happy New Year! #exploretheworld" (Tweet). Retrieved January 2, 2019 – via Twitter.
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