The smiling Horse winning the wet stage 4, 2008 Tour of California.
Le Canadien, Dominique Rollin quietly lines up at this years Tour of California with the new Cervelo Test Team. He's young and crafty, only 26, and already famous for winning last years stage 4 under dreadfully wet conditions. Recently signed with a very powerful Cervelo TT squad as a domestique for Thor Hushovd and Carlos Sastre. Rollin, a very powerful rider from Boucherville Quebec aptly nicknamed, 'Horse from the North', will have a huge chance to practice and learn his skills and tactics in the invaluable European theatre. He looks like a real asset for the new team and capable of providing key support for the top guys.
Today, on stage 3, Rollin along with his teammates helped ferried Thor Hushovd for a big win. The big Norwegian has praised Rollin for his strength and sees him as an contributing force to aid him in the the Classics, especially Paris-Roubaix. Ninth in 2005 was Hushovd's best Roubaix placing and he's aiming to do much better. The Thor of Thunder has expressed that his two biggest targets are Milan Sanremo & Roubaix. Could Rollin be the key in helping him unlock the door at Roubaix?
I'm thinking Rollin has the right moxy of strength & guts for the Classics... and beyond!
The God of Thunder wins todays Stage 3, 2009 Tour of California.
With a certain horse, he's a good bet for Roubaix!