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Drink derailed Grabovskyy

  • By Patrick O'Grady
  • Published Jan. 4, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM EDT

Dimitro Grabovskyy, the U23 world champion in 2005, doesn’t have a contract this year and he knows why.

The Ukraine rider admitted that he had a drinking problem after turning pro with powerhouse QuickStep in 2007 and couldn’t live up to expectations.

“After some disappointments with Quick Step, I took the wrong road,” Grabovskyy told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I was bored and after training, I would go to parties and drink. Twice I nearly died from drinking so much. I drank vodka, but never took drugs.”

Grabovskyy bolted into the rainbow jersey on the roads of Madrid and many were convinced he had a bright professional future.

After promising amateur results, he struggled to find his place with Quick Step, posting two winless seasons. In 2009, he joined ISD, where he raced the Giro d’Italia, but often for his own chances rather than riding for the team.

After three winless seasons among the elite ranks, Grabovskyy finds himself without a contract.

At 24, he promises that his drinking problems are behind him.

“This period is over and I’ve rehabilitated myself,” he said. “All I have now in my refrigerator is water.”

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