Jonathan Vaughters: Garmin-Cervelo a ‘natural fit.’

Garmin team CEO Jonathan Vaughters says the merger will add classics strength and a women's team. He said the two teams' management share a philosophy about anti-doping and sport development.

Jonathan Vaughters, the CEO of Slipstream Sports, said the merger of Slipstream’s Garmin-Transitions team with the Cervelo TestTeam is a natural fit that, among other things, will bring the Garmin team increased classics power and a women’s team.

Outside of the competitive advantages, Vaughters said the two organizations share a philosophy.

“Slipstream Sports and Cervélo share the key philosophies of developing the next generation of cycling champions and an unwavering commitment to ethical sport,” Vaughter said in a team statement. “We are happy to work with another company that, like Garmin, so closely shares our goals. We will be adding great talent to an already outstanding roster and we believe the new team will build on past successes and will produce incredibly exciting racing in 2011. The possibilities are endless — on the road and off — and we look forward to what we can achieve.”

Cervelo co-founder Phil White echoed Vaughters’ remarks.

“As we have often mentioned, our primary goal has always been to have some control over the direction that cycling will take. With Slipstream Sports, we share common goals and values. Together we will be in a stronger position to keep moving the sport forward.”

“In our eight years in pro cycling, we have seen the many possibilities cycling offers,” concludes White. “The very positive response to a focus on more than just racing has been great. The emphasis we have had on product R&D since 2003 will be integrated into the new team’s routine as well.

Transitions Optical, the Garmin team’s current co-title sponsor, is expecting to continue its sponsorship as the team’s Official Lens Supplier, according to the team.

More information on the team roster will be available in October, the statement said.