King of Utah and friend of VeloVoices, Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski had a great 2015 season and he’s hoping to build on that this season. Sheree looks back at where he’s been and where he’s going …
Joe’s biggest win of 2015 was the overall victory in the Tour of Utah, accomplished in large part by winning the queen stage. Here’s what he had to say at the time:
The 24-year-old Virginian then successfully completed his maiden grand tour, the Vuelta a Espana. This season there’s another grand tour on the horizon, the Giro d’Italia, a race close to Joe’s heart as he won the under-23’s Baby Giro in 2012.
The team want Joe to peak in the third week of the Giro so he’s not got “a ton of race days” leading up to its Netherlands start in Arnhem. Beforehand, he’ll be taking part in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (3-7 February), the Volta a Catalunya (21-27 March) and the Tour de Romandie (26 April – 1 May) with the first two races sandwiched between altitude camps.
Joe admitted he’s yet to make a detailed study of the Giro stages and expressed some concern about whether the weather would allow the peloton to scale the Col de la Bonette on the penultimate, and possibly pivotal, stage. The good news is that his friends and sometime training partners, Ian Boswell (Team Sky) and Larry Warbasse (IAM Cycling), are also scheduled to tackle their debut Giro, thereby reuniting “The Three Musketeers,” my crack team of cake testers!
Header image from stage 6, 2015 Tour of Utah website.