By Jean-François Quénet in Avignon
Thirty-first position on the results sheet of the Dauphiné prologue is not the first place to look for a triple world time trial champion. But Michael Rogers is still in the process of rebuilding his condition after being forced to stop racing due to glandular fever.
"I'm getting fitness," he said with satisfaction after his ride in Avignon. "Hopefully by the end of the week I'll get a result here. I'm not at the Dauphiné for the overall but I'd like to test myself twice, maybe at the time trial on Wednesday and during one of the mountain stages. I'm feeling pretty good but only the competition will tell. This is only my second race after the Tour of Catalunya."
A participation in the Tour de France hasn't yet been decided for the Australian at High Road. "It's premature to talk about it," he said. "A decision will be taken after the Dauphiné, depending on how I go in this race."