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Rogers to swap Sky for Saxo-Tinkoff?

By:
Barry Ryan
Published:
December 2, 2012, 14:27,
Updated:
December 2, 2012, 15:01
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 3, 2012
Three-time former world time trial champion, Michael Rogers (Sky)

Three-time former world time trial champion, Michael Rogers (Sky)

  • Three-time former world time trial champion, Michael Rogers (Sky)
  • The final podium of the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné: Michael Rogers and Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Cadel Evans (BMC)
  • Michael Rogers (Team Sky)

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Teams neither confirm nor deny reports

Michael Rogers has been linked with a move from Team Sky to Saxo-Tinkoff for 2013 by reports in the Danish media this weekend.

Both feltet.dk and TV2 have reported that the 32-year-old Australian is on the verge of joining Bjarne Riis’ team as a key mountain domestique for Alberto Contador, a role he carried out for Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins during his victorious Tour de France this season.

Cyclingnews understands that Rogers has a contract with Sky until the end of 2013 but an arrangement is being sought to release him from the deal.

Team Sky press officer Dario Cioni told Cyclingnews on Sunday that the story was “all unofficial,” adding: “anything official will be posted on the team website.”

Saxo-Tinkoff press officer Anders Damsgard had already refused to confirm or deny the transfer when asked by sporten.tv2.dk, saying,“We do not want to comment on speculation.” Saxo-Tinkoff is still waiting to learn if it has secured a WorldTour berth for 2013.

Triple world time trial champion Rogers joined Team Sky from Highroad in 2011 and enjoyed a hugely successful second campaign with the squad. As well as his part in Wiggins’ Tour victory, Rogers took overall victory at the Bayern Rundfahrt and second place at the Critérium du Dauphiné, and ended the season 17th in the WorldTour rankings.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in October, Rogers discussed his past collaboration with Dr. Michele Ferrari, which he ended in 2006 at the behest of his then T-Mobile team. He insisted that he had consulted Ferrari only for training programmes, but acknowledged that it had been a mistake to do so.

The following week, Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford unveiled his team’s new anti-doping policy, which requires all riders and staff to sign a declaration that they had never been involved in doping in order to remain at the team in 2013.

Directeurs sportifs Bobby Julich and Steve De Jongh have both since left the team after confessing to doping during their riding careers, while Sean Yates has retired, citing health reasons. As yet, no riders have departed due to the new policy.

James Kinmont More than 1 year ago
the chat with brailsford must have gone well then........
Tideplay1 More than 1 year ago
Perfect transfer. From clean to wont talk about it team.
Madone More than 1 year ago
If you / I can trust info from Cycling News he´s contract ends after 2012 and not 2013 as this article says so don't guess and assume something things might just be that he have no interest in being at the UK Postal. Link to article about the contract between Rogers and SKY/UK postal. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rogers-signs-two-year-deal-with-sky
Madone More than 1 year ago
When CyclingNews back in 2010 informed about the contract with SKY they said two years so his contract ends this year unless his contract where altered or CyclingNews have made an error when talking contract. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rogers-signs-two-year-deal-with-sky