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British invasion? Sky ‘likely’ for Pro Challenge

BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — Sky, one of the world’s strongest teams, is likely to race in the U.S. this year.

Britain’s Sky outfit is “very likely” racing in Colorado this summer at the USA Pro Challenge, according to a team spokesperson. It appears as though the team will not race the Amgen Tour of California this spring.

The Colorado race enters its third year in 2013, and if last year is any indication, the crowds will be large and the general classification kept tight by a careful route selection that doesn’t feature, at least at first blush, a race-breaking climb.

Should Sky race Colorado, it would mark the team’s first appearance at a North American stage race since the 2011 Amgen Tour. All told, the Sky roster is one of the most talented in the peloton, with Tour champ Bradley Wiggins, runner-up Chris Froome, and rouleur Edvald Boasson Hagan, to name a few.

Young American and new Sky rider Joe Dombrowski could be tapped to ride in Colorado, where he finished 10th last year.

“Of all the domestic races I did last year Colorado was my favorite. The stages were beautiful and really showcased the state, the fan turnout was incredible, and the route was exciting,” Dombrowski told VeloNews. While I may have preferred a long summit finish thrown in there somewhere, the punchy finishing climbs on several of the stages made for a race of seconds that went down to the very last stage.”

It would mark a return to home soil for the American, who moved to Nice, France, late in 2012 to ride for his new team, after graduating from the Bontrager-Livestrong development team.

“For me, it would be exciting to return to racing in the U.S. in a Sky kit, but it would also give me a chance to have some time back in the States at some point during the season. I moved to Nice in December and so far it’s been great,” he said. “I’ve never spent much time in Europe before so I think going back home for a while would be a nice mental refresher from what could otherwise be a very long season over here.”