My toughest day: Joe Dombrowski (video)

Joe Dombrowski talks us through his toughest day, and gives an interesting insight to the workings of the peloton
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Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) spoke to us about the toughest day of his cycling career so far, which happened at the Vuelta a España.

Coming out of the rest day into a mountainous stage that was all up and down with little flat, the racing was full on from the flag to the finish line.

The 25-year-old’s day was hindered by him crashing at the bottom of the first climb. Trying to cover a deficit on an already testing stage made for a hard day on the bike.

Dombrowski talks about how gruelling a stage like that can be, but the most interesting subject he covers is the politics of the bunch and the formulaic way the riders normally approach a stage.

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He describes how a break will be allowed to go away, held at a manageable distance and then reeled back in as per the calculations of the teams (and probably their managers shouting through the radio).

However, the stage in question did not follow this pattern and the whole peloton was forced to ride hard all day due to the rapid pace being set at the front.