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Rogers' worlds campaign in doubt

Cycling News
September 10, 2013, 01:45,
September 10, 2013, 02:45
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
UCI Road World Championships
Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) still by himself near the top of the final climb.

Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) still by himself near the top of the final climb.

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Australian team on the verge of losing another key rider

Australia's campaign for the UCI Road World Championships has possibly hit another hurdle with Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) suffering a back and shoulder injury at the Brussels Cycling Classic at the weekend.

The news follows a hip fracture suffered by Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) on stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana which was not formally diagnosed until last week. He has since withdrawn from the grand tour in order to recover for the start of season 2014.

Rogers, runner-up at this year's Tour of California, sixth at the Critérium du Dauphiné, and key ally for Alberto Contador at this year's Tour de France, was named as part of the 17-man long list for the Australian team and his spot is now in doubt.

"The field was extremely nervous at the time of the crash," Rogers said of his accident on a statement on the Saxo-Tinkoff team website. "A rider went down right in front of me and I didn't have time to think before I landed on the grass in the side of the road. Luckily, I didn't hit the asphalt but took a softer dive on the grass and the damages would probably have been far more severe on the road. Fortunately, nothing's broken. I have been through this type of injury two times before and it causes pain in my shoulder blade and back."

Rogers did not finish the 197km race. The 33-year-old had flagged a strong back-end to his season with the worlds, Il Lombardia and the Tour of Beijing. Rogers said that he has not been able to train on the road since the incident, but has been able to use his home trainer and with that in mind, is not sure of his fitness for the worlds.

"… but I reckon I have time to recover for Lombardy and Beijing," he explained. "Regarding the World Championships, I'll make the decision in the next couple of days. Of course, it's frustrating as I have been doing better and better and have been feeling strong but the risk of crashing is a part of the job. I just hope for a speedy recovery."

Pete Underdown More than 1 year ago
Take some special "Mr. 60%'s Recovery Tonic" mate.
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Wow, Mick can't get ahold of Rudi Pevange, Lothar Heinrich or Andreas Schmidt, for some recovery help?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what evidence you need more that sky is clean? last year everyone said Michael Rogers was climbing better than before, guess what? With saxo he is at the same level
Struggles More than 1 year ago
Comments can contribute greatly to a website like this one, either positively or negatively. Anonymous and azureskies have a perfect right to post their views, but too many of this sort and I stop visiting. Why anyone would choose to respond to news of an injury to a cyclist with comments like these is beyond me. Vindictive? Self righteous? Don't know. Witless? I think so.
João Sá More than 1 year ago
Nice words sir! The comments on this site are 10% cycling and 90% doping.
sbroaddus More than 1 year ago
it's called payback, and you can blame many people for it that i won't even bother to name. cycling used to be 90% doping, and as it has begun to clean up we will have to put up with all the cynics and "people that bring up doping all the time"... these are just fans that have been cheated by what they thought was fair competition. get over it, quit whining, and if you want to blame somebody, blame the dopers.