Spending his neo-pro season learning the ropes and adjusting to life in Europe, Ian Boswell is one of three Americans on the Team Sky roster for 2013. Boswell arrives alongside Joe Dombrowski and represents the new wave of up and coming stage racers.
A pair of fifth places at the Tour of Utah and also at the Tour de l’Avenir - widely considered to be a leading gauge of under-23 talent – showed Boswell to be among the best young all-rounders in the sport. Second at the under-23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege was a further display of the strong climbing capabilities that have marked Boswell out as a star of the future.
Q & A
Who inspired you to start cycling?My dad. He was a professional triathlete.
First bike:A pink and blue Alamo.
First cycling club:Hutch's Bicycles in Bend, Oregon.
Childhood hero:I've looked up to Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins in the last few years and the country and western singer Townes Van Zandt inspires me.
What do you love most about cycling?Cycling is a passion for me and I enjoy it every day. Not many people get to make their hobbies into a career.
What has cycling taught you?That you can get to where you want to get if you work at it. There's more ups and downs in cycling than many other sports. It teaches you to be resilient.
What teams did you ride for before Team Sky?2010 Bissell Pro Cycling; 2011-12 Bontrager-Livestrong.
Favourite race:I love riding in the States. I love the Tour of Utah - it's a beautiful race with good weather and good climbing.
Highlight of your career:The 2012 Tour of Utah was a special race for me, both professionally and personally.
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?A cowboy like my brother.
Favourite film:The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favourite music:Tamnes Van Zandt or Neil Young
Best friend in the peloton:Ben King's always a great guy to talk to during races.
Who makes you laugh the most on Team Sky?There seems to be a lot of jokers on this team, especially Luke Rowe.
Favourite food:Thai food, especially some green curry.
Most famous person you've met:Eddy Merckx. I even had the chance to stay at his house last year.
Most embarrassing moment:The time I crashed my TT bike into a parked car when I was checking out my form in the windows of a department store.
Interests away from cycling:I do a lot of hunting and fishing during the off-season.
Interesting fact:I make a mean duck sausage.
Best advice:Enjoy the ride; it takes a lot of time and hard work, so you have to embrace every step along the way.
Nevada City Cycling Classic - 1st; Tour of Utah - 3rd
Nevada City Cycling Classic - 1st
U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege - 2rd; Tour of Utah - 5th; Tour de l'Avenir - 5th