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Dominguez returns home to Rock

Ivan Dominguez (Fuji-Servetto) ponders if he'll have the chance to unleash his sprint later today.

Ivan Dominguez (Fuji-Servetto) ponders if he'll have the chance to unleash his sprint later today. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)

Ivan Dominguez is back with Rock Racing after being released from ProTour team Fuji-Servetto, six months into a full year contract. According to the Cuban sprinter, he returned to domestic racing for personal reasons and a desire to be close to his family.

Dominguez, 33, began negotiations with Rock Racing at the end of the 2008 season when his long-time Toyota-United team folded. He had not reached an agreement with the squad when he received an offer from Fuji-Servetto’s manager Mauro Gianetti. Dominguez jumped on board with the Spanish-based ProTour team for a shot at competing on the world-class platform.

"Racing in Europe was a great opportunity, but this is where I want to be," said Dominguez who is noted as one of the top domestic sprinters. "Michael Ball left the door open for me and I'm grateful for the chance to be a part of this team again."

Rock Racing team owner Michael Ball supported Dominguez' decision to leave his squad for a shot at competing in the top level of the sport. "We knew it was a dream of Ivan's to race in Europe," said Ball. "I told Ivan he would always have a place on this team and I meant it. We are glad he's back and look forward to his contributions throughout the rest of the season."

Dominguez is known for being a top domestic sprinter for his stage wins in the Tour of California, Tour of Georgia and the Tour of Missouri. However, his stint with Fuji-Servetto proved to be less fruitful, and he was unable to achieve any podium finishes in Europe.

Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.