Cycling Australia announced the creation of the T-Mobile Team Australian Future Generation Road Cycling Development Program supported by Michael Rogers. The program is an initiative of three-time road time trial World Champion, Michael Rogers, who began his cycling career with the Cycling Australia / Australian Institute of Sport (CA/AIS) program and it is backed by the T-Mobile, the professional team to which Rogers is contracted.
"I am very excited to support the Australian Future Generation Road Cycling Development Program along side the T-Mobile Team," said Rogers. "When we first came up with the idea regarding the sponsorship we really wanted to support a project of similar characteristics to the environment in which I grew up.
"Luckily we didn't have to look too far as the Cycling Australia / AIS program is still working hard as ever and it's just great to be able give something back."
"We are pleased to support the development programs of CA/AIS," said T-Mobile Team Manager Bob Stapleton. "They are among the world leaders in identifying and growing young athletes in a professional and supportive environment. Our experience with their alumni athletes has been excellent."
T-Mobile Team's sponsorship of the program will fund travel, accommodation, living expenses, language and cultural education and access to various sports science and athlete support services.
Cycling Australia, Chief Executive Officer, Graham Fredericks said a strong, innovative approach to junior development is vital to secure the future of the sport. "There is a wealth of talented young cyclists in Australia and the T-Mobile Team Future Generation Program means we can provide a platform for them to move from the junior ranks to the next level," said Mr Fredericks.