Joe Dombrowski

Nice, France
Languages Spoken
English, French
Next Race
Volta a Catalunya
"Professional cycling has given me a pretty amazing opportunity to see so many places around the world and experience so many different cultures. What I've learned from it all, it's not something that can come from a book or a formal setting, it's not something you can teach. I appreciate that I've had the opportunity to live a life that not only allows but requires global exploration."

Joe Dombrowski first made a name for himself when he finished in fourth place atop Mount Baldy on the queen stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. One month later, he won the “Baby Giro” in Italy. The results earned the then 21-year-old a contract with Team Sky, but the British outfit proved a less-than-perfect fit for the young American.

Since his two-year stint with Sky, Joe has raced in argyle. A natural climber, Joe has shown his aptitude for forcing his way into the early breakaways, especially in his favorite races: the Giro d’Italia and Tour de Suisse.

While he’s had his fair share of struggles over the last few seasons, Joe remains optimistic about the opportunities that await him in his fifth season with EF Education First, especially the options available to him with the alternative program. Joe raced Leadville in 2016 and has dabbled in cyclocross and other local off-season racing throughout his career. He sees the alternative program as both a fun outlet and a means to develop a stronger connection to the cycling community that has afforded him a career.

Fun fact? Both of Joe’s parents are rocket scientists.

Q&A with Joe

What animal best describes you?

A greyhound. They have pretty good athletic capability but they're also quite docile.

Travel must have?

I cannot travel without a really cheap little set of Wahl clippers because I don't shave my legs, I clip them. I also always pack a little travel speaker. And also sometimes an aeropress.

Favorite city?

Nice. It's beautiful with great weather year-round. There's an international airport, the water. It's contained geographically by the mountains, so there's not any sprawl. Nice has some of the best riding in the world. And, now, it feels like home.

Travel tip?

Don't do any research on the Internet. Just wing it.

Favorite school subject?