Wearing dossard number 1 in the race, world time trial champion Michael Rogers is one of the big favourites to take the Tour of Britain title. He was happy after yesterday's opening stage of the Tour of Britain, placing fourth in Castle Douglas behind the day's winner, team-mate Nick Nuyens.
"It worked out well for the team today," said the Australian after the finish. "We were both feeling strong so the plan was that one or other of us would go for the stage win. We had the race pretty much under control. Nick and Blaudzun nipped off on the final climb and had thirty or forty metres for a long time. I was trying to control the group behind to make sure nobody could get across. They got ten seconds but the group almost had them back at the finish. It was a well timed move.
"We had a few guys coming into this race. Nick is in good condition, Paolini is in good condition but he missed the move. And my condition is getting better, so I will hopefully come out of this in good shape for the worlds."
Rogers will be gunning for his third consecutive world time trial title in Madrid. He's playing down his chances in the 4 km TT in the Tour of Britain, though. "I have heard there are a lot of corners. It is not really up my alley, but I will give it my best shot anyway."