Joe Dombrowski was one of the brightest stars in 2012, he was snapped-up by the all-powerful Sky team, but things didn't work out. Three years on and iliac artery surgery and the man from Virginia is back on track for success. Ed Hood caught up with Dombrowski days after his win in the Tour of Utah.
Joe Dombrowski is certainly a man with a big future ahead of him. He has Chris Froome and Richie Porte as teammates and training buddies, climbing talent in bucketloads and has just completed the Tour de Suisse where he was on the attack in the mountainous Stage 7 - and all this at just 22 years old! PEZ caught up with him just after the Tour de Suisse to talk about his first year at SKY so far.
The Tour de France is one day off, but before we turn our heads entirely in the direction of Liege, let's take a moment to look at a rider who must be dreaming about his chances in the Grand Boucle someday... The 2012 Baby Giro winner, Joe Dombrowski (Bontrager Livestrong & USA), first came to our attention in 2011 when he won a stage and was second on GC in the Valle d’Aosta U23 stage race in Italy. Aosta, along with the Tour de l’Avenir and Baby Giro are the equivalent of eBay for the professional talent scouts - where quality goods can be picked up at good prices.