It’s official. Sprinter Ivan Dominguez is going to the ProTour after years of trying to making it over to Europe where is is joining the Fuji-Servetto team.
Following the demise of his Toyota-United team, the 32-year old Dominguez was originally announced as joining the Rock Racing squad, and was listed on the UCI roster. But Dominguez told cyclingnews that no contract was signed with the Rock Racing management:
“We were dealing with Rock for four months but I never signed anything. I guess they had to make the announcement that I was with them but I was still trying to make it happen. So I called them and said I had this opportunity instead.”
Will he be as successful in Europe as he was in North America where he accumulated many victories? He did outsprint and beat the European sprinters on his hometurf for example, 2 stage wins and the Sprinter’s jersey at the 2007 Tour of Missouri, stage wins at the 2008 Tour de Georgia and 2007 Tour of California. But can he do it on longer European stages?
“For those people, I say, just keep it to yourselves and let me try,” Dominguez told velonews on any doubters about his chances at success.
He can look to his former teammate JJ Haedo who also made the leap from Toyota-United to a ProTour team, then CSC at the start of 2007. And Heado learned the ropes and did capture wins such as Rund um Köln in 2007, Tour of Luxembourg and Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia in 2008. Good luck Ivan.
No news as to who is replacing Dominguez on the Rock roster. Will management ‘bring’ up riders from the club team – they do have quite the selection. Or will the rumored Australian rider still to be announced be the replacement?
And on a sidenote, where is William Walker going? The Australian is listed on both the Rock Racing and Fuji-Servetto roster. What a tangled web…
updated: thanks to guidemd, it seems that Rock Racing also jumped the gun with Walker as per this article in Australian SBS paper.