Michael Rogers
Rogers at the 2012 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full nameMichael Rogers
NicknameDodger, Mick
Born (1979-12-20) 20 December 1979 (age 42)
Barham, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight74 kg (163 lb; 11.7 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team
2000Mapei–Quick-Step (stagiaire)
Professional teams
2001–2002Mapei–Quick-Step
2003–2005Quick-Step–Davitamon
2006–2010T-Mobile Team
2011–2012Team Sky
2013–2016Saxo–Tinkoff[2]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2014)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2014)
1 TTT stage (2009)

Stage races

Tour Down Under (2002)
Tour of Belgium (2003)
Deutschland Tour (2003)
Tour of California (2010)
Bayern–Rundfahrt (2012)

One-day races and Classics

World Time Trial Championships (2003, 2004, 2005)
National Time Trial Championships (2009)
Medal record

Michael Rogers (born 20 December 1979) is an Australian retired professional road bicycle racer who competed professionally between 1999 and 2016, for the Mapei–Quick-Step, Quick-Step–Innergetic, Team HTC–Columbia, Team Sky and Tinkoff teams. He is a three-time World Time Trial Champion, winning consecutively in 2003 (after David Millar was stripped for doping), 2004 and 2005, and won Grand Tour stages at the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.

In April 2016, Rogers announced via Twitter, that he was being forced to retire from professional cycling due to a congenital heart defect condition which had been worsening.[3]

Career

Early career

Rogers was part of the Australian Institute of Sport, which led him to move to Europe at age 16 as an amateur. He started as a track racer under coach Charlie Walsh.

At the 2002 Tour Down Under, Rogers' team-prepared bicycle was damaged in a collision with a motorcycle (which was not captured on TV cameras) forcing Rogers to come to a halt by the roadside.[4] There were no team cars nearby, and Rogers appeared visibly frustrated with the turn of events. Fortunately an amateur cyclist, Adam Pyke, who was spectating offered his own Colnago bicycle as a replacement and Rogers was able to continue needing only a minor saddle height adjustment on route from a mechanic alongside in a car. He went on to finish second on the stage, took the race lead, and ultimately went on to win the race overall. The entire episode including swapping bicycles was captured by the television cameras while Rogers, Pyke and the borrowed bicycle were reunited at the end of the stage by the Australian broadcaster Seven in a televised interview.[5]

Rogers won the world time-trial championship in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He came second in 2003 but became champion after the winner, David Millar, was disqualified for doping. Rogers received his rainbow jersey and gold medal on the day of the 2004 championship, thereby receiving two gold medals on the same day.

In the 2003 Tour de France, Rogers helped Richard Virenque win his sixth mountains classification. He was the last rider left to help in Virenque's day-long escape and stage win.

Rogers finished fourth in the road time trial at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In May 2011 US cyclist Tyler Hamilton returned his gold medal for this event after admitting to doping during his cycling career, and in August 2012 the International Olympic Committee formally stripped Hamilton of his victory, resulting in Rogers being awarded the bronze medal.[6] In September 2015, he received the Olympic medal in a ceremony at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.[7]

T Mobile (2006–2010)

Rogers joined T-Mobile Team for the 2006 season, and finished 9th overall in the Tour de France. In an interview during the 2006 season, Rogers disclosed that he had received training advice by Italian doctor Michele Ferrari for several months during 2006.[8]

On 15 July, Rogers withdrew on the 8th stage of the 2007 Tour de France after breaking a collarbone in a crash descending the Cormet de Roselend. He continued until the doctor arrived from attending fellow Australian Stuart O'Grady, who ended up stretchered to hospital. It was after this that Rogers contracted infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever), which caused a dip in his racing form for some time. By late 2009 he had returned to form and began to have significant racing success, with Team Columbia–High Road, the successor to T-Mobile.

In 2010, as leader of his team, he won the Vuelta a Andalucía, and then the Tour of California (the first non-American to do so). After a disappointing Tour de France (37th overall), Rogers announced he would concentrate in future on shorter races (e.g. one week in length) as he was no longer suited to the longer tours.

Team Sky (2011–2012)

Rogers competing in the road time trial at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Rogers competing in the road time trial at the 2012 Summer Olympics

In October 2010 it was announced that he would leave Team HTC–Columbia and join British based Team Sky for the 2011 racing season. However he suffered a relapse of his mononucleosis early in the season and was unable to defend his 2010 Tour of California title. Rogers returned to fitness towards the end of the season.

Rogers began the 2012 season with third place in the Australian National Time Trial Championships,[9] and led Team Sky at the Tour Down Under, where he finished 4th in the general classification. In March, Rogers finished third at the Critérium International; he placed second to BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans in the individual time trial around Porto-Vecchio,[10] and finished eighth on the final stage, the summit finish of the Col de L'Ospedale [fr].[11] After finishing fifth in April's Tour de Romandie, Rogers won May's Bayern–Rundfahrt stage race in Germany, winning Stage 2 and the time trial Stage 4 in the process, his first victories whilst riding for Team Sky.[12] Rogers then rode the Critérium du Dauphiné, helping leader Bradley Wiggins win the race, whilst finishing second overall himself after a strong ride in the time trial. Rogers was selected in the Team Sky squad for the Tour de France, as one of Wiggins' key domestiques. He suffered a crash towards the end of Stage 1, but was able to make it back to the peloton. Rogers played a key team role in the rest of the race, setting the tempo on mountains and notably bringing back a long range attack by Cadel Evans on Stage 11, as Sky ultimately achieved a 1–2 finish in the GC with Wiggins and Chris Froome.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff (2013–2016)

Rogers left Sky to join Saxo–Tinkoff in 2012[2] following a new Sky policy requiring all riders to sign to confirm they have no history of doping[13] although he denied leaving for that reason.

In May, Rogers was the runner-up to Tejay van Garderen in the Tour of California.[14] In July Rogers rode the Tour de France in support of Alberto Contador and finished in 16th place. In October he won the Japan Cup one-day race. In December it was announced that he had tested positive for clenbuterol at the latter race, and was suspended from cycling pending further investigation.[15] On 23 April 2014 the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced he would be cleared of any wrongdoing, no further action would be taken and that Rogers would be free to race again. The UCI accepted that there was a significant probability that the clenbuterol came from contaminated meat consumed while Rogers was competing in China, where the drug is often consumed by animals in slaughterhouses to exhibit better performance in farm sporting events.[16]

He returned to racing just in time to ride the 2014 Giro d'Italia. Throughout much of the race, he rode in support of Rafał Majka. He won his first Grand Tour individual stage on the eleventh stage and also won the penultimate stage summit finish at the Monte Zoncolan. On 22 July 2014, Rogers won his first Tour de France stage, winning stage 16 of the race. The longest stage of the race, a 237.5-kilometre (147.6-mile) route from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon, Rogers attacked Cyril Gautier at the bottom of the descent of the Port de Balès with 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) remaining to win in solo fashion.[17]

Post-cycling career

After his active cycling career Rogers had been working as NTT Pro Cycling's technical partner manager, and, prior to that, he had been the founder and CEO of virtual-world training platform VirtuGO, which closed down in November 2019. Since November 2020 Rogers is employed by the UCI as its "innovation manager".[18]

Major results

1996
1st
Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1997
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
1st
Team pursuit
1st
Points race
2nd
Time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1998
1st
Scratch race, Commonwealth Games
1st
Individual pursuit, National Track Championships
1999
2nd
Time trial, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
2000
1st Stage 2 Tour Down Under
3rd
Time trial, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
2001
2nd Grand Prix Eddy Merckx (with Fabian Cancellara)
2nd Duo Normand (with Fabian Cancellara)
4th Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
4th Joseph Vögeli Memorial
6th Chrono des Herbiers
8th Firenze–Pistoia
9th Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
10th Circuito de Getxo
2002
1st
Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stage 2
1st
Overall Tour de Beauce
2nd
Time trial, Commonwealth Games
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall International Tour of Rhodes
5th Sparkassen Giro Bochum
5th Chrono des Herbiers
6th Poreč Trophy
8th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
9th Grand Prix des Nations
2003
1st
Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st
Overall Deutschland Tour
1st Stage 6 (ITT)
1st
Overall Route du Sud
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
1st
Overall Tour of Belgium
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Grand Prix Eddy Merckx (with László Bodrogi)
4th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st
Young rider classification
5th Overall Tour de Picardie
6th Grand Prix des Nations
9th LuK Challenge Chrono (with László Bodrogi)
2004
1st
Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Firenze–Pistoia
3rd
Time trial, Olympic Games
4th Grand Prix des Nations
6th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
7th Chrono des Herbiers
8th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Young rider classification
9th LuK Challenge Chrono (with Patrik Sinkewitz)
2005
1st
Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
2nd Chrono des Herbiers
3rd Gran Premio di Chiasso
4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
7th Overall Tour of Britain
8th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
8th Tour du Haut Var
8th LuK Challenge Chrono (with Patrik Sinkewitz)
9th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
2006
2nd Overall Regio-Tour
1st Stage 3
4th LuK Challenge Chrono (with Serhiy Honchar)
5th Overall Tour of Britain
8th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
8th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
9th Overall Tour de France
2007
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
4th Overall Regio-Tour
7th Overall Tour of California
2008
2nd Overall Tour of Missouri
2nd Overall Sachsen Tour
3rd Overall Eneco Tour
Olympic Games
5th Road race
8th Time trial
2009
National Road Championships
1st
Time trial
2nd Road race
3rd Overall Tour of California
6th Overall Tour Down Under
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
8th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2010
1st
Overall Tour of California
1st
Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Overall Critérium International
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
3rd Montepaschi Strade Bianche
5th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2012
1st
Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st Stages 2 & 4 (ITT)
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Critérium International
4th Overall Tour Down Under
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Time trial, Olympic Games
9th Overall Danmark Rundt
2013
1st Japan Cup[19]
2nd Overall Tour of California
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2014
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 11 & 20
1st Stage 16 Tour de France
3rd Overall Route du Sud
2015
7th Overall Eneco Tour

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF 6 18 33
A yellow jersey Tour de France 42 22 41 9 DNF 101 36 23 16 26 36
A red jersey Vuelta a España Did not contest during career
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References

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  2. ^ a b "Michael Rogers leaves Sky for Saxo-Tinkoff". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Michael Rogers forced to retire with heart ailment". Cyclingnews.com. 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ Knapp, Gerard (19 January 2002). "Anyone got a spare C40? Spectator saves Rogers' day". Cyclingnews.com. Knapp Communications. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Mathew (14 January 2019). "Flasback to Michael Rogers winning Tour Down Under on spectator's bike". ProCyclingUK.com (in British English). Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  6. ^ Associated Press (10 August 2012). "Tyler Hamilton stripped of Athens Olympics gold after doping admission". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Australian Olympic Committee awards Michael Rogers with bronze medal from Olympic Games Athens 2004". International Olympic Committee. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Rogers: It was a mistake to work with Ferrari". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  9. ^ Vaughan, Roger (10 January 2012). "Durbridge wins, Bobridge in hospital". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Evans wins Critérium International time trial". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Fedrigo wins final stage of Critérium International". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  12. ^ Ben Atkins (27 May 2012). "Bayern-Rundfahrt: Michael Rogers takes the race as Alessandro Petacchi wins his third stage". Velo Nation. Velo Nation LLC. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  13. ^ Wynn, Nigel (18 October 2012). "Team Sky riders and staff must sign anti-doping policy". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Results: 2013 Amgen Tour of California, stage 8". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  15. ^ Barry Ryan (20 October 2013). "Michael Rogers Returns Adverse Analytical Finding For Clenbuterol". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  16. ^ "No ban for Rogers after Clenbuterol positive". Cyclingnews.com. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Australian Michael Rogers wins 16th stage, the longest in Tour de France". Fox Sports. News Corp Australia. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  18. ^ "Michael Rogers joins UCI as innovation manager". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 6 November 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  19. ^ UCI (23 April 2014). "Press Release: Michael Rogers – Clenbuterol Adverse Analytical Finding". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
Sporting positions Preceded bySantiago Botero World Time Trial Champion 2003–2005 Succeeded byFabian Cancellara