Ivan Dominguez: "I was so happy after I had won those races."

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01.02.2008/ Ivan Dominguez is one of the strongest sprinters in the USA. The Cuban rider will start his third season with Toyota-United at the Tour of California. After winning last years seventh stage of the Californian stage race and three stages at the Tour of Missouri Dominguez proved he is one of the men to watch for when it comes to a bunch sprint. An interview with Ivan Dominguez: "I was so happy after I had won those races."

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Ivan Dominguez had some big wins in 2007... ( Kathleen Poulos)

Cyclingheroes: Ivan, 2007 was a year with a few big wins.... [Stage 7 Tour of California,  3 stage wins at the Tour of Missouri, editor]

Ivan Dominguez: "I was so happy after I ha won those races,its a great feeling..."

Cyclingheroes: "You will have competition from Tom Boonen at this years Tour of
California. Do you think you can beat printers  from the  European circuit? ?

Ivan Dominguez: I don't know if I can beat him [Tom Boonen, editor] yet,we all know that he's one of the best  and he's not coming in bad form and also with some race kilometres in his legs, for me the Tour of California is going to be my first race so I don't know how my form will be.

Cyclingheroes: Can you tell us something about cycling in Cuba?

Ivan Dominguez: Cycling is big in Cuba,they love it but it is not like here.There are no Bike Shops or something like that. You have to be in the National Team so you can get a good bike to race. I can tell you that it is hard.

Cyclingheroes: When did you come to the US?

Ivan Dominguez: Man that question have been around about 10 years now , I came in 98 and because I wanted a better future.

Cyclingheroes: You are the man for the sprints at Toyota-Untited, which teammates are important for the preparation of the bunch sprints?

Ivan Dominguez: They are all important for me, from the guys who have to work the first part of the race to the last guy who take me to the last 200 meters

Cyclingheroes: With the Tour of California, Tour de Georgia and the Tour of
Missouri there are more and more important stage races in the USA. Is cycling still growing in the US?

Ivan Dominguez: They all big for me so I go there with the best intention 'to win' and yes cycling is growing a lot in the US and thats good.

Cyclingheroes: How did you prepare for the 2008 season?

Ivan Dominguez: I can't tell you about my training but you can find me riding in the Agoura Hills area.

Cyclingheroes: What are your main goals for the upcoming season?

Ivan Dominguez: To win a lot of races, maybe more then last year.

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Ivan Dominguez
Birthdate: May 28, 1976
Place of birth: Havanna (Cuba)
Residence: Chatsworth (California, USA)
Height: 1.83 mtr.
Weight: 68 kg.
2001 - 2003  Saturn Professional Cycling Team
2004            Colavita Olive Oil presented by Bolla Wines
2005            HealthNet presented by Maxxis
2006-    ?     Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
4 km Ind. Pursuit, Pan-American Games, Columbia
National Champion Pursuit, Cuba
Stage 1 Tour of Ohio
Overall Tour of Ohio
Stage 5 International Cycling Classic
Monarch Criterium
Stage 4 Solano Bicycle Classic
Stage 1 Tour de Toona
Stage 5 Tour de Toona
Stage 6b Vuelta a la Independencia Nacional
Stage 4 Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
Stage 1 Georgia Labour Day
Stage 3 Georgia Labour Day
Stage 3 Tobago International
Stage 4 Tobago International
Stage 1 Cyclefest
Overall Cyclefest
Lake Eola
Stage 4 Joe Martin Stage Race
Stage 1B Tour of Connecticut
Stage 6 International Cycling Classic
Fort Lauderdale
Snyder Park
Stage 1 Vuelta a Sinaloa
Stage 6 Vuelta a Sinaloa
Stage 8 Vuelta a Sinaloa
Stage 9 Vuelta a Sinaloa
Stage 2 Cyclefest
Stage 3 Cyclefest
Overall Cyclefest
Bank of America Invitational 
Stage 3 Tour of Connecticut 
Stage 1 Tour de Beauce
Stage 3 Redlands Cycling Classic 
Stage 4 Tour de Toona
CSC Invitational
American Airlines Pro-AM Challenge
Stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista Independencia
Stage 5b Vuelta Ciclista Independencia
Stage 3 San Dimas Stage Race
Walterboro Criterium
Greenwood Criterium
Red Trolley Classic Criterium
Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium
Stage 7 Amgen Tour of California
Stage 1 Tour of Missouri
Stage 4 Tour of Missouri
Stage 6 Tour of Missouri
Stage 1 McLane Pacific Classic
Stage 1 Joe Martin Stage Race
Stage 2 Tour of Elk Groove
Merco Credit Union Downtown Grand Prix
Sequoia Cycling Classic Criterium
Indio Grand Prix
Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix
Stage 4 Cascade Cycling Classic
Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium
Hanes Park Classic Criterium

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