Michael Rogers (cyclist)

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Michael Rogers Road cycling
Michael Rogers (2011)
Michael Rogers (2011)
To person
Date of birth 20th December 1979
nation AustraliaAustralia Australia
discipline Street
Driver type Time trial
To the team
Current team End of career
function driver
Team (s)
Team Columbia
Sky ProCycling
Team Saxo-Tinkoff
Most important successes

UCI World time trial champion 2003, 2004, 2005
one stage Tour de France 2014
Winner Germany Tour 2003
two stages Giro d'Italia 2014

Last updated: April 25, 2016
Michael Rogers winning the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2014 .

Michael Rogers (born December 20, 1979 in Barham ) is a former Australian cyclist .

Athletic career

Early years

Michael Rogers comes from a family that had no connection to cycling. His passion for cycling began at the age of seven when relatives from the Netherlands sent him and his brother video recordings of Paris – Roubaix , the Tour of Flanders and the Tour de France . According to his own admission, he spent many hours at home in front of the television watching these film reports and he dreamed of becoming a professional cyclist. In 1996 he was Australian junior road racing champion and the following year he was a two-time junior world champion on the track, in the points race and in the team pursuit (with Graeme Brown , Scott Davis and Brett Lancaster ). At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Adelaide , he won two gold medals, in scratch and in team pursuit (with Bradley McGee , Brett Lancaster, Luke Roberts and Timothy Lyons ). In the same year he became the Australian champion in the singles pursuit .

In 1999 Rogers was vice world champion of the U23 in the individual time trial and the following year he was third in the world championship in the same discipline.

Time as a professional

In 2001 Michael Rogers received his first contract with the Mapei-Quickstep team . His breakthrough came in 2003 when he won the Route du Sud , the Deutschland Tour and the Tour of Belgium one after the other in the spring and in autumn at the time trial world championships in Hamilton, Canada, he initially achieved second place behind David Millar . Due to the later confession of doping by the Scot, Rogers later even won gold.

In 2004 Rogers was able to defend his world title in the time trial and this time won in Verona with a clear lead over the German Michael Rich . Previously, he had finished fourth in the Athens Olympic time trial , but was subsequently awarded the bronze medal in 2012 because Olympic champion Tyler Hamilton was stripped of the gold medal for doping .

In 2005 Rogers was second in the Tour de Suisse . It was not until the last stage that he was replaced at the top of the rankings by the Spaniard Aitor González Jiménez ; the gap was only 22 seconds in the end. Critics said, however, that he had reached his top form too early this year, because in the subsequent Tour de France participation, Rogers did not get beyond a midfield position. At the 2005 Road World Championships in Madrid, he won the individual time trial title for the third time in a row.

For the 2006 season, Rogers moved to the German T-Mobile team (later Team High Road or Team Colombia) after Jan Ullrich left in 2006 as a result of the doping scandal Team Telekom and the departure of Andreas Klöden in 2007, new tour captain . At the Tour de France 2006 he placed for the first time with 9th place in the top ten of a "Grand Tour" . At the Tour de France 2007, however, he had to give up the race on the 8th stage after a serious fall in which he suffered an ankle joint injury. In early 2008, Rogers contracted glandular fever and did not take part in the 2008 Tour de France . In the following year, Rogers achieved his best position to date in a three-week tour with rank 7 at the Giro d'Italia 2009 . In 2010 Rogers u. a. the California Tour .

In 2012 he moved to Team Sky and was one of the helpers for Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in their Tour de France victories in 2012 and 2013 . In the following year he became a teammate of the two-time tour winner Alberto Contador at Team Saxo-Tinkoff .

After his victory at the Japan Cup , Rogers tested positive for Clenbuterol on October 20, 2013 and was therefore temporarily suspended by the UCI on December 18, 2013. On April 23, 2014, the UCI announced that, after consultation with the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, it would maintain the disqualification of the victory at the Japan Cup, but would refrain from further sanctions. In the proceedings, Rogers had shown a significant possibility that the positive result came from contaminated meat. Roger's first start after that was Liège – Bastogne – Liège . He then took part in the Giro d'Italia , where he won two stages, including the queen stage on Monte Zoncolan . After Alberto Contador's injury-related retirement from the Tour de France , Rogers was also able to drive here on his own account and won the mountainous 16th stage in the Pyrenees . In 2015, Rogers was at the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France to help Alberto Contador. He also finished seventh overall at the Eneco Tour 2015 .

As part of a routine check-up in December 2015, Rogers was diagnosed with an aggravated congenital heart defect, so that further races were initially unsafe. On April 25, 2016, he announced his immediate retirement from competitive cycling due to persistent cardiac arrhythmias , after he had still hoped to take part in the Tour de France for the 13th time and the Olympic Games for the fifth time in his last active season. The last race he contested was the Dubai Tour in February 2016.



Grand Tour placements

Grand Tour 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - - - DNF - - 6th - - - - - 18th
Yellow jersey Tour de France 42 22nd 41 9 DNF - 103 37 - 23 16 26th 36
Red jersey Vuelta a España - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.

Web links

Commons : Michael Rogers  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Shane Stokes: Michael Rogers announces immediate retirement from cycling due to ongoing heart issues - CyclingTips. In: Cyclingtips. April 26, 2016, accessed April 25, 2016 .
  2. Olympic Games: Michael Rogers was subsequently awarded bronze for fourth place in Athens. In: 06.live-radsport.ch. July 3, 2009, accessed November 20, 2015 .
  3. Rogers sustains an ankle joint dislocation. In: radsport-news.com. July 16, 2007, accessed November 20, 2015 .
  4. Rogers is out for eight weeks. In: radsport-news.com. March 11, 2008, accessed November 20, 2015 .
  5. radsport-news.com - Michael Rogers positive for Clenbuterol at Japan Cup victory. In: radsport-news.com. December 18, 2013, accessed November 20, 2015 .
  6. Cycling: Australian Rogers temporarily banned. In: Spiegel Online . December 19, 2013, accessed November 20, 2015 .
  7. UCI press release of April 23, 2014: Michael Rogers - Clenbuterol Adverse Analytical Finding ( Memento of the original of April 27, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.uci.ch
  8. ↑ Heart Problems - No Tour Down Under for Rogers. In: radsport-news.com. December 16, 2015, accessed December 16, 2015 .