January 25, 2016 (Girona, Spain) – Dominique Rollin has officially retired from professional cycling as recently announced on his Facebook page. Originally from Boucherville, Que. and now living in Girona, Spain, the talented rider’s 15-year career took him to the heights of the pro peloton.
“Dear all, In this early 2016, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and help throughout the years. After a short return to competition, I came to the decision to leave the world of competitive cycling. I am more then grateful for the opportunity and the trust received from Cofidis whom allowed me a year back on the bike. This return to the highest rank in cycling made me realized where I stood and where I want to be at this moment.
“I was thrilled to be allowed making a living out of my passion. I’ll be keeping this love of cycling alive on a recreational side for now on. I am currently renewing with an other passion which I left aside for the duration of my cycling career. Since the start of this year, I made my way back into the kitchen. I am currently working to regain and solidify my knowledge around the cuisine and will be doing so right here in Catalunya. May this new year be filled with great surprises and ventures like mine will be!”
Pedal reported in September 2015 that Rollin was without a contract for 2016 and considering retirement. He also previously announced his retirement in 2014, but came back to cycling in 2015. Cofidis team captain Nacer Bouhanni played a key role in bringing back Rollin last season. Read our coverage here.
Rollin, a talented sprinter, was the Canadian road champ in 2006, won bronze in the ITT at the 2007 PanAm Games and participated in four Grand Tours (2 Giros and 2 Vueltas, completing 1 of each). He also scored stage wins at the Tour de Beauce (2005), Tour de Gironde (2006), including a notable victory at the Tour of California (2008).
Rollin began riding pro with Sympatico High Speed-Jet Fuel Coffee in 2001 and with Sympatico Edition Haute Vitesse in 2002. He later rode with Kodakgallery.com-Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Toyota-United, Cervélo TestTeam, Française des Jeux (FDJ), no team in 2014, and then with Cofidis in 2015.
Pedal wishes Rollin the best with his new endeavours.