Joe Dombrowski is enjoying a well-deserved off season after completing a Giro-Tour double and making his Grand Boucle debut in 2022.
The Astana Qazaqstan rider was unable to repeat his 2021 Giro d’Italia stage win but played a major role in helping Vincenzo Nibali finish in his final Corsa Rosa and then quickly headed to France for his Tour debut.
He raced for a total of 68 days and doing the Giro-Tour double earned him an early end to the season after the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.
“My takeaway is that it’s not easy to do the Giro-Tour double, because the rest of the season feels a bit long after that. But it was a nice season,” Dombrowski told Cyclingnews and Velonews recently.
Dombrowski wrote a personal diary for Cyclingnews as he rode the Giro d’Italia.
“It was good to ride my first Tour, in the sense that in some ways it’s not any different, but in other ways, it is. The Tour is the one race that is bigger than cycling. It was nice and so was the Giro.”
“There were no stage wins but sometimes the results don’t always show your condition, particularly if you want to hunt stages, because there is a bit more chance involved.”Dombrowski had ridden 11 other Grand Tours before his Tour de France debut, but he soon realised the Tour is far bigger, far more prestigious and far more complex when there are stages across the Paris-Roubaix cobbles and then hard racing in the Alps and Pyrenees.“The […]