After the Tour of Utah in 2010, Axel offered me a spot on Bontrager-Livestrong in 2011. Of course I said yeah. I was planning on taking that next spring semester off anyway and this was a good opportunity. I hadn’t been doing this very long, so why not take some time off and give it a shot? I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I had no idea how hard it was going to be. At the time it all just seemed cool. I had no idea if I would be on the team the following year, I just wanted to see what would happen.—Joe Dombrowski