Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 26, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Claeys wins third stage of Tour de Wallonie; Simon Yates takes first pro win at Prueba Villafranca; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 17-21; The supertuck, super sprinters, and the Running Man: The 10 most memorable moments of the 2016 Tour de France; Using Tour of Utah defense as training, Dombrowski eyeing victory at Leadville 100 MTB Race; Quintana to skip Rio Olympics; Tony Martin abandons Tour de France on final stage; Caffeine more harmful than helpful; On-board highlights from Tour de France, stage 21; Best of the 2016 Tour de France; Tour de France 2016: What’s been the best moment for you?; A stage win from inside the team car; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 21

Using Tour of Utah defense as training, Dombrowski eyeing victory at Leadville 100 MTB Race

by Michael Better

Fresh off a title defense at the August 1-7 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, and less than a week before he starts the Vuelta a España, American Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) will take the start at theAugust 13 Leadville 100 mountain-bike race in Colorado.

The Marshall, Virginia, native first began throwing around the idea of participating in the Leadville 100 at the Giro d’Italia with Cannondale-Drapac press officer Matthew Beaudin. Dombrowski said he joked with Beaudin about the idea and said, “Hey, if Cannondale gives me a new mountain bike I would totally do Leadville.” Beaudin and team manager Jonathan Vaughters jumped on the idea, and soon Dombrowski had an entry to the race.

“To be honest, I was probably the most hesitant about it out of everyone,” Dombrowski told CyclingTips. “Even from JV’s point of view, in terms of training, he thought it would be fine. It will be a little tight with travel because I will only be flying to the Vuelta six days ahead of time. For sure it’s not the best preparation for the Vuelta, but Andrew [Talansky] is going to the Vuelta as the team’s GC leader. I’m don’t know what my role is at the moment, but to be honest if I’m not riding GC, the first week isn’t that critical anyway.”

For Dombrowski, the Leadville 100 is an event he wants to go to and something he is excited about. His Cannondale-Drapac teammate Alex Howes, a Colorado native, is looking to compete alongside him in Leadville. Howes, who just completed the Tour de France, tweeted on Monday about looking for an entry to the race.

The 25-year-old Dombrowski will line up alongside his former coach Jeremiah Bishop, who placed fourth last year at Leadville and missed breaking the six-hour mark by a mere 62 seconds. Bishop coached Dombrowski in his early years and helped him to make the jump to the WorldTour.

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