Sprinter Ivan Dominguez has signed with Rock Racing after a five-month ProTour stint with Fuji-Servetto.
Dominguez initially signed with Rock Racing before the 2009 season, but left the team in early January to accept a spot with the new Fuji-Servetto ProTour squad. His return to domestic racing was a personal decision, he said, based on a desire to be closer to his family and the races he loves.
“Racing in Europe was a great opportunity, but this is where I want to be,” Dominguez said. “(Rock Racing Team Owner) Michael Ball left the door open for me and I’m grateful for the chance to be a part of this team again.”
Dominguez, who was often referred to as “The Cuban Missile” due to his Cuban heritage, was granted U.S. citizenship Feb. 26. Since turning professional in 2000, the 33-year-old has won stages at the Amgen Tour of California, the Tour of Missouri and the now-defunct Tour de Georgia, in addition to victories at a number of major one-day races in the U.S. He has raced for Team Saturn, Colavita Bolla, HealthNet, and Toyota-United.
“We knew it was a dream of Ivan’s to race in Europe and completely supported his decision to pursue that dream,” Ball said. “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 defected from his home country while competing with the Cuban national cycling team at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City.