Michael Rogers' career in pictures - Gallery

A look back at the Australian's 16-year pro career

News that Michael Rogers would end his 16-year pro cycling career because of a congenital heart disease rumbled through the cycling world on Monday.

The 36-year-old Australian is a three-time individual time trial world champion and finished in the top 10 of the Tour de France in 2006. His career spanned six teams and included overall wins at the 2002 Tour Down Under, the 2003 Tour of Belgium and a thrilling 2010 Tour of California. He won his world time trial titles 2003, 2004 and 2005. His last win came during the 2014 Tour de France, where he won stage 16. He also won two stages at the Giro d'Italia that year.

Rogers raced the past four seasons with Tinkoff, following two years with Team Sky, three with HTC and two with T-Mobile. He turned professional in 2001 with QuickStep, where he raced for five years.

The congenital defect in Rogers' aorta had not affected his cycling, but arrhythmia was detected before the Tour Down Under in January, and out of caution he was pulled from the team's roster before the start. He started the Dubai Tour but had to stop after two stages. He announced his retirement today.

Cyclingnews has compiled a photo gallery to look back at Rogers' professional career.

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