Commenting on the Cyclingnews.com forum, Garmin-Sharp team manager Jonathan Vaughters listed current Garmin riders Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, and Tom Danielson as former dopers. The post stemmed from a conversation about Jorg Jaksche, a rider who served a one-year suspension for his involvement in the Operacion Puerto doping scandal. “CVV [Vande Velde], Zabriskie, Danielson, while all clearly have a past, and from an ethical standpoint are no different from JJ, there is a very pragmatic difference. That difference is performance based. Basically, I knew from what my time at USPS, how ‘inside’ or not those riders were. Based on this, I knew their transgressions, while ethically the same as JJ’s (Jaksche), were much less in terms of enhancing performance. Therefore, I knew they could perform close to their enhanced level, clean,” Vaughters wrote. All three riders were teammates of Lance Armstrong and were unexpectedly excluded from the 2012 Olympic road team. This led to speculation that they may have cooperated with the USADA Armstrong doping investigation.
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