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Americans Abroad: Dombrowski ends Giro on high note

Joe Dombrowski spends the Giro's penultimate day in the breakaway, and finishes on the podium; national champions are crowned

Welcome to Americans Abroad, our weekly check-in with the American pros in the European peloton. VeloNews will publish these updates every Monday throughout the season.

Much like he did in week two of the Giro d’Italia, Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski was in the breakaways during week three’s final climbing stages. He earned a career-best third place in Saturday’s stage 20, a 134-kilometer mountain stage from Guillestre to Sant’Anna di Vinadio. Dombrowski finished the day 1:17 behind stage winner Rein Taaramae (Katusha) and BMC’s Darwin Atapuma. He also finished the Giro fifth overall in the youth classification.

Nathan Brown (Cannondale)

Nate Brown was also in Italy racing for Cannondale. Overall, he finished 48th, ninth in the young rider competition. His best stage was stage 10, where he finished fourth.

Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare)

Hegyvary is racing Tour of Japan this week. After the prologue, he is in 10th place.

Luke Keough (UnitedHealthcare)

UHC’s sprinter Luke Keough is also in Japan. After the prologue on Sunday, he sits 33rd overall.

Alder Martz (Attaque Team Gusto)

Martz, 25, is the third American at the Tour of Japan this week. After Sunday’s prologue, he sits in 47th place

Joey Rosskopf (BMC)

Rosskopf wrapped up his first career Giro d’Italia Sunday. He finished the race in 84th place, with a 33rd place result in stage 20.

U.S. Pro national championships

The U.S. national championships were held this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The men’s and women’s time trials were won by Taylor Phinney (BMC) and Carmen Small (Cervelo – Bigla) Friday. Small surprised everyone with her win over pre-race favorite Kristin Armstrong. Both Phinney and Small are hoping that their wins help solidify spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

In Saturday’s road race, it was Axeon – Hagens Berman’s 21-year-old Gregory Daniel who took the top step of the podium, after a late-race attack. The young rider spent much of the day in unsuccessful breakaways before finally making an attack the stuck, and earned him the victory. Cannondale’s Alex Howes and Holowesko – Citadel’s Travis McCabe rounded out the podium, five seconds behind Daniel. For the women, it was pre-race favorite and defending champion Megan Guarnier (Boels – Dolmans) who took the win in Winston-Salem, ahead of Coryn Rivera (UHC) and Mandy Heintz (Visit Dallas – DNA)