VeloNews spoke to Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters and Cannondale-Drapac sport director Andreas Klier about the significance of Sebastian Langeveld’s Paris-Roubaix podium in the absence of Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney.
Cannondale-Drapac manager Jonathan Vaughters stood alone in the infield grass of the velodrome, soaking in the view.
Against the odds, Sebastian Langeveld stood on the Paris-Roubaix podium with third place, the first Roubaix podium for the American franchise since Johan Van Summeren won here in 2011.
“I’m very proud for Sebastian, because he is a super professional for a long time now,” Vaughters said. “Personally, I couldn’t be happier. I started coaching him before the Tour de France last year, and we worked for 10 months for today. I am so happy it worked out for him.”
The biggest surprise wasn’t seeing Cannondale back on the Roubaix podium, but the rider.