Rogers joins Team Sky

Austalian becomes sixth new signing

By TeamSky.com Staff   Last updated: 11th January 2011

Team Sky are delighted to unveil Michael Rogers as the sixth new signing for the 2011 season.

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The 30-year-old, three-time world time trial champion joins the team after five successful seasons with HTC-Columbia (formerly T-Mobile) and brings with him a wealth of stage-racing experience as a veteran of nine Grand Tours.

Sports director Sean Yates is delighted to have Rogers on board and feels he can be a great role model for the younger riders on the team.

He said: "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.

"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.

"He still has a lot of racing in him and is ambitious about what the future holds. I'm expecting him to spearhead a lot of our attacks and am sure he can help us gain some great results."

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

Further victories followed in 2003 at the Tours of Germany, Belgium and the Route du Sud, before he claimed the first of three consecutive 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 breaking his collarbone on the descent of the Cormet de Roseland.

Numerous podium positions would follow 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.

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

He said: "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.

"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.

"In terms of racing, week-long stage races are going to be my main priority at the start of the year but that's not to say I won't be riding Grand Tours anymore. I'm in the peak years of my career and I'd like to think if things go well I could still have something to offer in those races as well. We'll just have to see."

Rogers' arrival makes him the fourth Australian on the Team Sky roster and his move follows those of Davide Appollonio, Alex Dowsett, Jeremy Hunt, Rigoberto Urán and Xabier Zandio.