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British team secures American
Team Sky has announced the signing of young American riders Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell after the pair both showed their talent in Europe as Under 23 riders as part of the Bontrager-Livestrong team.
Dombrowski won the Baby Giro and finished fourth at the summit finish of Mount Baldy in May’s Tour of California. His season continued with consistent riders at the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge where finished in the top ten in both events.
Boswell has enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic too with a top five finish in the Tour of Utah second in the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He rode for Argos Shimano as a stagiare at the tailend of this season, picking up another top five at the Tour de l’Avenir.
“It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to spending the next couple of years at Team Sky. I chose the team because it is the best programme in the world right now and I’m looking forward to having this great opportunity to learn,” Dombrowski said.
Boswell echoed his teammate, saying: “I’m really excited to be joining Team Sky. It’s like signing for the Yankees in baseball. It’s the best team in the world. Team Sky have the best equipment, best riders, best staff, and the best organisation. To be a part of a team like this in my first professional season is an honour.
“I tend to be a climber or a GC rider, which is a good role to have on this team. There are a lot of older riders who are similar to me in that respect, and I want to learn as much as I can from them. I’m excited to work with this team and I want to progress and develop with them."
With a raft of riders set to leave Team Sky at the end of this season, the British WorldTour team has been quick to sign promising neo-pros. Bobby Julich, the team’s race coach, works with a number of riders on the team on an individual basis and believes that the both Boswell and Dombrowski could have big futures in the sport.
“Bontrager-Livestrong - and especially USA Cycling - have done a great job developing these guys into the riders they are today and we want to continue that hard work now to ensure they reach their full potential in the future.
“Ian and Joe are two of the most talented under-23 riders in the world and we will offer them the best possible race and training programmes to aid their progression. We see this as a long-term project at Team Sky and it’ll be exciting for everyone involved.
“We must be doing something right if they’ve chosen to sign for us over the American teams. I followed a similar path during my racing career, went through a lot of the same things they are going through at the moment, and I think we can help them a lot.”