Michael Rogers (cyclist)

Michael ('Mick') Rogers (born 20 December 1979) is a retired Australian 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.

Michael Rogers
Rogers TDF2012.jpg
Rogers at the 2012 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full nameMichael Rogers
NicknameDodger, Mick
Born (1979-12-20) 20 December 1979 (age 40)
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
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team
2000Mapei–Quick-Step (stagiaire)
Professional teams
2006–2010T-Mobile Team
2011–2012Team Sky
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2014)
1 TTT stage (2009)
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2014)

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)

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]


Personal lifeEdit

Born in Barham, New South Wales, Rogers grew up in Canberra, and now lives in Mendrisio, Switzerland with his Italian wife and three daughters.

Early careerEdit

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.

In 2002, whilst competing in that year’s edition of the 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. 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 and took the GC leader’s jersey going on to win that year’s overall classification title. The entire episode including swapping bicycles was captured by the television cameras and Rogers, Pyke and the borrowed bicycle were reunited at the end of the stage by the Australian broadcaster 7 in a televised interview.[4]

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.[5] In September 2015, he received the Olympic medal in a ceremony at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.[6]

T Mobile (2006–2010)Edit

Rogers joined T-Mobile Team for the 2006 season, and finished 9th overall in the 2006 Tour de France.

On 15 July, Rogers withdrew on the 8th stage of the 2007 Tour after breaking a collar bone 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 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 Tour of Andalucia, and then the Tour of California (the first non-American to do so).

In an interview during the 2006 season, Rogers disclosed that he had received training advice by Dr Ferrari for several months during 2006.[7]

After a disappointing 2010 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)Edit

Rogers competing in the London 2012 Men's Olympic Time Trial.

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,[8] 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,[9] and finished eighth on the final stage, the summit finish of the Col de l'Ospedale.[10] 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 Sky.[11] 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 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.

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[12] although he denied leaving for that reason.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff (2013–2016)Edit

In May, Rogers was the runner-up to Tejay van Garderen in the Tour of California.[13] 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. He was suspended from cycling pending further investigation.[14] On 23 April 2014 the 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.[15]

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 ever 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 stage of the Tour de France. It was the 16th day on the longest stage (237.5 km) from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon with a time of 6 hours, 7 minutes, 10 seconds. He attacked Cyril Gautier at the bottom of the descent of the Port de Balès with 5 km to cover to win in solo fashion.[16]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Points race
2nd   Time trial, UCI Road World Under–19 Championships
1st   Scratch race, Commonwealth Games
1st   Individual pursuit, National Track Championships
2nd   Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
1st Stage 2 Tour Down Under
3rd   Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
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
9th Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
10th Circuito de Getxo
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 Tour of Rhodes
5th Sparkassen Giro Bochum
5th Chrono des Herbiers
6th Porec Trophy
9th Grand Prix des Nations
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
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
9th LuK Challenge Chrono
1st   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
7th Overall Tour of Britain
8th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
8th Tour du Haut Var
9th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
2nd Overall Regio-Tour International
1st Stage 3
4th LuK Challenge Chrono
5th Overall Tour of Britain
8th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
9th Overall Tour de France
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
7th Overall Tour of California
2nd Overall Tour of Missouri
2nd Overall Sachsen Tour
3rd Overall Eneco Tour
Olympic Games
5th Road race
8th Time trial
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
1st   Overall Tour of California
1st   Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Overall Critérium International
3rd Montepaschi Strade Bianche
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
5th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
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
1st Japan Cup[17]
2nd Overall Tour of California
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 11 & 20
1st Stage 16 Tour de France
3rd Overall Route du Sud
7th Overall Eneco Tour

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

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


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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. ^ Cycling News. "Michael Rogers forced to retire with heart ailment". Cyclingnews.com.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Mathew (14 January 2019). "Flasback to Michael Rogers winning Tour Down Under on spectator's bike". ProCyclingUK.com. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  5. ^ Associated Press (10 August 2012). "Tyler Hamilton stripped of Athens Olympics gold after doping admission". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Australian Olympic Committee awards Michael Rogers with bronze medal from Olympic Games Athens 2004". International Olympic Committee. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. ^ ((http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rogers-it-was-a-mistake-to-work-with-ferrari/))
  8. ^ Vaughan, Roger (10 January 2012). "Durbridge wins, Bobridge in hospital". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
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  10. ^ "Fedrigo wins final stage of Critérium International". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Wynn, Nigel (18 October 2012). "Team Sky riders and staff must sign anti-doping policy". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Results: 2013 Amgen Tour of California, stage 8". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  14. ^ Barry Ryan (20 October 2013). "Michael Rogers Returns Adverse Analytical Finding For Clenbuterol". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  15. ^ "No ban for Rogers after Clenbuterol positive". Cyclingnews.com. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  16. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/australias-michael-rogers-wins-longest-stage-of-tour-de-france/article19706440/ Australia's Michael Rogers Wins Longest Stage of Tour de France
  17. ^ 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.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Santiago Botero
World Time Trial Champion
Succeeded by
Fabian Cancellara