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Michael Rogers cleared to return to cycling

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Michael Rogers will return to racing after being cleared of his doping allegations, reports Sky Sports.

Rogers was suspended from racing in December 2013 after he returned a positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol. The test had been taken whilst Rogers was racing in the Japan Cup - a one day race which he won.

But the former Team Sky rider has had his ban removed after Rogers claimed he ingested the drug through some contaminated meat that he had eaten.

The Australian admits it has been a hard time for himself and his family but he's glad that he was proven right in the end.

Rogers said, according to Sky Sports: "Over the past four months, my family and I have endured a very difficult time.

"The UCI's decision means I can return to racing immediately, and I am looking forward to getting back to work, competing in the sport I love.

"I wish to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, team-mates, colleagues, medical experts and fans who have showed continued support and understanding.

"Further, I wish to show my gratitude to the board of Tinkoff-Saxo for the professional manner with which this ambiguous ordeal has been handled.

"Thank you for having the perception of what is right, rather than following the path of least resistance."

Rogers finished last years Tour de France in 16th place and played a supporting role to Tinkoff-Saxo team leader Alberto Contador.

Contador has been in the media a lot with drug controversies; the Spanish rider was banned for two years after he was found to have taken the same banned substance that Rogers supposedly took, also claiming that contaminated food was the cause.

He was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title, and although there is no denying that he is a great cyclist, a lot of people now look at him a lot differently.

Rogers played a major role in the success of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the 2012 Tour de France, helping them achieve the goals they set out to achieve. But Rogers will be trying to make sure Contador can beat the Brits this time round.

The 34 year old will be looking to support his team leader once again though this year in the Tour de France after what can only be described as a disappointing tour for both riders last year.

Both riders will have to be at their best as Team Sky go for three successive Tour de France victories.

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