Team Sky Signs Former World Champion Michael Rogers

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11/1/2010| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Michael Rogers on the World Championships podium. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Michael Rogers on the World Championships podium. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team Sky Signs Former World Champion Michael Rogers

Team Sky earlier today unveiled former World Time Trial Champion Michael Rogers as the team's sixth new signing for the 2011 season.

Team Sky earlier today unveiled former World Time Trial Champion Michael Rogers as the team's sixth new signing for the 2011 season.

Team Sky earlier today unveiled Michael Rogers as the team's sixth new signing for the 2011 season.

The 30-year-old, three-time world time trial champion joins Team Sky after successful seasons with Team HTC-Columbia, Team Quick Step and Team T-Mobile and brings with him a wealth of stage racing experience as a Grand Tour veteran who has ridden nine Grand Tours.

Team Sky sports director Sean Yates told Roadcycling.com that he is delighted to have Rogers on board for 2011 and feels he can be a great role model for the younger riders on the team.

"Michael is a consummate professional and great addition to the team. He has proven himself in big races right throughout his career and that experience will be an invaluable asset to us," Yates commented and added "He takes his job as a bike rider seriously and the younger guys in the team will be able to learn a lot from him."  

A product of the Australian Institute of Sport, Rogers turned professional with Team Mapei in 2000 and two years later tasted his first major success at the Tour Down Under.

Further victories followed in 2003 at the Tour of Germany, Tour of Belgium and the Route du Sud, before he claimed the first of three consecutive world time trial champion rainbow jerseys in Hamilton, Canada.

After switching to T-Mobile in 2006, Rogers outlined his credentials as a Grand Tour contender with a top 10 finish in the Tour de France, and was in contention for the yellow jersey again in 2007 before sadly fracturing his collarbone on the descent of the Cormet de Roseland.

Numerous podium positions followed in 2008 and 2009, and in 2010 he won the Tour of Andalucia before becoming the first non-American to triumph at the Tour of California.

Michael Rogers is excited to begin this new chapter of his career with Team Sky and has no qualms about taking a central role within the team.

"I like the direction and general outlook of the team and am delighted to be here. Having ridden against them this year it was clear to see the team were learning and improving all the time and I expect that to continue next season," Rogers commented.

Rogers added "I already know a lot of guys in the squad so I'm expecting to settle in pretty quickly and am really looking forward to it. I've been lucky enough to ride with some great riders in the past and have learned a lot from them. If they want me to, I am more than happy to pass some of that experience along and I will do whatever I can to help the team's progression."

Michael Rogers is the fourth Australian to join Team Sky. His move follows the recent moves of Davide Appollonio, Jeremy Hunt, Alex Dowsett, Rigoberto Urán and Xabier Zandio.

Michael Rogers has signed with Team Sky for two years with a possible extension after the

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