Michael Rogers looking forward to ninth Tour de France
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Michael Rogers has been a professional for almost 14 years. A three time time trial world champion and he has won prestigious stage races like Tour of California, Vuelta a Andalucia, Tour Down Under and Deutschland Tour. His best result in the Tour de France is overall 10th. Like he was for Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins in last year’s Tour de France, he is going to be a key domestiques for Alberto Contador in this year’s 100th edition of the race. In May, the 33 year-old Australian was second in Tour of California and in June, he consolidated his form by finishing 6th overall in Criterium du Dauphine.
How do you feel about riding the Tour again?
“This will be my ninth Tour de France. I’m starting to get really excited about the Tour coming up. It’s amazing how quickly it comes around each year. When the cycling season starts each year it seems the Tour is light years away but all of a sudden you find yourself one week out.”
What is your role in the upcoming Tour?
“I see myself as playing an important role in the last half of the race. Certainly in the high mountains and transition stages. The final week is looking to be the hardest. I see Froome (Sky) and Valverde (Movistar) as the biggest rivals. Froome has been at a high level all year while Valverde has been progressing slowly. But saying that, I’m sure there will be others who will put themselves into contention with long breaks in the last ten days of the Tour.”
What would a victory for Alberto mean for you?
“Personally, a victory by Alberto in the 2013 Tour de France would be a huge thrill and feel of achievement. When you see how much passion and belief Alberto has day in and day out in what he is doing, it’s impossible to not feel emotional. Like all great leaders he brings the best out of his team and I can’t wait to get things going,” concludes Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Michael Rogers.
Tour de France will be launched 29th of June.