Joe Dombrowski, a notable American cyclist, recently declared the end of his 11-year career in professional cycling. At the age of 32, having completed 14 grand tours, Dombrowski shared his decision to retire following Astana’s choice not to renew his contract.
In a heartfelt Twitter post, Dombrowski reflected on his journey: “It’s been an amazing 11 years and 14 grand tours. I’m grateful for this incredible ride, a dream I’ve had since I was young. Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of it. Truly, it’s been an adventure.”
Dombrowski started his professional career with Team Sky in 2013, following his Under-23 Giro d’Italia win. His career spanned several top WorldTour teams, including EF Education First, UAE Team Emirates, and Astana Qazaqstan. His career was marked by remarkable achievements like a stage win at the 2021 Giro d’Italia, a second-place stage finish at Vuelta a España, and a general classification victory at the Tour of Utah. Known for his climbing skills, Dombrowski often played a supporting role to cycling legends such as Tadej Pogačar, Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Bradley Wiggins, and Mark Cavendish.
Reflecting on his career, Dombrowski expressed satisfaction and gratitude: “I’ve lived my dream, riding with the best teams and alongside cycling legends. Beyond the races, cycling enriched my life – I experienced new cultures, learned a new language, and formed global friendships. It’s been an invaluable education, far beyond what money can buy.”
As he steps into retirement, Dombrowski is excited to explore new interests and opportunities.