Dombrowski wins Giro Ciclistico d'Italia


Joe Dombrowski became the first American to win the Giro Ciclistico d'Italia. (Photo by Marcello Albasini)
Joe Dombrowski became the first American to win the Giro Ciclistico d'Italia. (Photo by Marcello Albasini)
After winning two of the nine stages, Joe Dombrowski (Marshall, Va./Bontrager-Livestrong Team) won the final general classification of the Giro Ciclistico d'Italia (known in America as the Baby Giro) on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Dombrowski, riding with the USA Cycling National Development Program, won the fourth and eighth stages to help him become the first American to win this race. Dombrowski donned the pink leader's jersey after winning Monday's fourth stage, but a punctured tire on Tuesday forced him to surrender it. He regained it Saturday after winning the penultimate stage by 43 seconds to jump to the top spot from seventh in the general classification.

"It's great to win," an excited Dombrowski said after the race. "Our race had a lot of ups and downs. We took the jersey after the fourth stage, but an untimely flat cost us the jersey. If I had any chance of getting the jersey back, I had to do it at Passo di Gavia (the eighth stage). Today, we just played it safe and came out on top."

Dombrowski's win puts his name alongside previous race winners such as Francesco Moser (1971) and Giovanni Battaglin (1972).


Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
June 8-17, 2012

1. Joe Dombrowski (Marshall, Va./Bontrager-Livestrong Team)
2. Fabio Aru (ITA) +0:25
3. Pierre Paolo Penasa (ITA) +1:10
27. Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) +25:30
38. Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) +47:19
87. Danny Summerhill (Englewood, Colo./Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) +1:55:40

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