The harder, the better
On the eve of the Tour's first time trial in Fromentine, Cyclingnews' John Trevorrow spoke with Australian World Time Trial Champion Michael Rogers (Quick.Step) about his ambitions for the Grande Boucle and the future.
Cyclingnews: Michael, very exciting, with a couple of days to go before the start of what should be a special Tour de France for you. You obviously have the best form of your cycling career.
Mick Rogers: I am coming in here very confident and finishing second in the Tour of Switzerland has been good, and as I said, really looking forward to it. I think it will be a really hard Tour this year, just the competition and the amount of guys who want to finish in the top ten or top five is a lot higher this year, so I think it will be a great race.
CN: Switzerland was a bit harder than previous years, which was a great test for you for the Tour and you're climbing superbly, so it must give you great confidence for a podium finish.
MR: Yes that's right John, this year I have worked so hard in the mountains, that is what I was lacking last year and the work I have done has paid off and my time trialling is as good as it has ever been. Certainly you know I am aiming to finish in the top ten and if I don't finish in the top ten I will be somewhat disappointed.
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