Joe Dombrowski (Bontrager Livestrong Team), rode into 4th place in Mt. Baldy’s Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California behind stage winner Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and two Columbia-Coldeportes riders, Jhon Atapuma and Fabio Andres Duarte. Dombrowski was four seconds from the podium.
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“I had high hopes because this stage really suited me,” commented Dombrowski. “The only GC day was the TT. Today was the only opportunity I had after a lackluster time trial. At first I was struggling early on. I wasn’t feeling very good. I flatted on one of the descents. It was kind of a bad time because it was really strung out. It took me 20 or 25 minutes just chase back on. After that I was pretty cooked. I was doubtful about what I could do on the final climb. My team was awesome today….bringing me to the front. Going into the last climb I was able to sit about ten wheels back, which is where I wanted to be. I followed the first move when Gesink went and I didn’t quite have it. Tejay (Van Garderen) (BMC Racing) came by me and I started to ride my own pace. I was having a hard time making the accelerations but I knew if I settled into my own pace I could turn it into a good ride.”
“Tejay came by me after the first attack,” continued Dombrowski. “I caught on and came around. After the next switchback I started to have a second wind and picked it up a bit. He said, ‘Hey man it would be better if we worked together.’ I told him that I would be willing to cooperate but on climb like this…it’s so steep. You can only really do so much.”
Dombrowski left Van Garderen on the steep climb and finished ahead of Tom Danielson (Garmin- Barracuda) and Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan).
“At the start of the season, I sat down with my coach and wrote out my goals. One of those goals was to target this stage and try to win Best Young Rider. Earlier this week I was struggling but today it was a good ride.” Dombrowski sits 1’08” behind Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank) in the Best Young Rider competition.
Joe Dombrowski is definitely a name cycling fans will be hearing more.