Joe Dombrowski to Skip Giro

Citing inexperience, knee injury

Adam Roy

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He may have won the amateur version of the Giro d’Italia last year, but Joe Dombrowski is going to have to wait until 2014 for a shot at the real thing. Team Sky has announced that the 21-year-old American would not be part of their squad for the upcoming tour.

“I feel like I’d be capable of doing the job, but I just don’t want to go and screw up the team time trial or whatever,” Dombrowski told VeloNews.

Over the winter, Sky put Dombrowski on its tentative roster for the Giro d’Italia, a surprising move since his longest race before had been the amateur Girobio, or “Baby Giro”.

Besides a nagging knee injury which Dombrowski blamed on a new bike, Sky management cited the young rider’s inexperience with team tactics. “We don’t want to put too much pressure on him to perform,” Sky general manager David Brailsford said. “We don’t want to have him thinking, ‘Ah, I’m going to mess it up for Brad Wiggins, he’s not going to win the Giro.'”

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