Dominguez out of Triple Crown

The top three from today's stage

The top three from today's stage (Image credit: Mitch Friedman)

Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team sprinter Ivan Dominguez will miss Saturday's CSC Invitational and the entire Commerce Bank "Triple Crown of Cycling" series due to injuries sustained in a crash in the Tri-Peaks Challenge in May. Dominguez severely bruised his back and ribs when he flipped over the handlebars 200 meters after crossing the finish line in stage one of the Tri-Peaks Challenge in Arkansas in May. The eighth-year pro said he doesn't remember making contact with anyone and nothing was found to be wrong with his bicycle.

"It has really bothered me the way I crashed," Dominguez said. "If I crashed going into the last turn or going for it in the sprint, I'd expect something like that. But this was while I was rolling in at the back of the group after the finish. I'm still trying to figure out what happened." Dominguez said he expects to resume training next week but might not be able to start racing again for some time.

Dominguez has been Toyota-United's most successful racer this season, winning eight races – including stage seven of the Amgen Tour of California. The Cuban is a past winner of the CSC Invitational, finished second in Philadelphia last year and was third in Lancaster in 2005.

"It's a tremendous loss for us," said Toyota-United Team Director Harm Jansen. "He was coming into such great form."

Jansen said with Dominguez out, Toyota-United will look to Ivan Stevic and Henk Vogels to be the designated team leaders for the four races over the next nine days. The rest of Toyota-United's roster for the series will be Jose Manuel Garcia, Caleb Manion, Sean Sullivan and 2005 USPRO Road Champion Chris Wherry.

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