Power Point: Put the odds in your favor

July 29, 2008, 5:52 PM UTC

“If you really look after all the details, even the ones you think are dumb, it can work out. It doesn’t means it will work out, but it means that you’ve put the odds in your favor – and that at the end of the day, you can look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I did every last little damn thing i could have.’ If you can do that, you wont ever say ‘what if?’ because the ‘what ifs’ that you can’t control just don’t matter.”

— Jonathan Vaughters, team director of the Garmin -Chipotle cycling team, said this to Fortune reporter Jessica Shambora on the evening his team completed its first Tour de France. Garmin-Chipotle rider Christian Vandevelde placed an impressive fifth overall in the team’s debut in the Grand Tour.