Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis says Michael Rogers will race in the 2014 Tour de France after impressing since he was cleared from a doping ban.
Rogers had supposedly taken clenbuterol during the Tour of Beijing in October 2013 but his claim that it was due to eating contaminated meat was seen as a worthy answer by the Union Cycliste Internationale and World Anti Doping Agency. Rogers was subsequently cleared of the ban.
Since then the 34 year old has ridden well and as well as supporting team leader Rafal Majka, who is fighting for a podium finish in this year's Giro, he has also won a stage himself.
Rogers admitted when he returned to racing that his aim was ride in the Tour de France this year and now it has been confirmed by his team manager that he will. The Australian will ride for Alberto Contador as he goes in search of another Tour victory.
Riis admitted he had spoken to Contador about the recent performances of Rogers.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Riis said, “I have - and he is happy. It is important for him, and [Rogers] will be in the Tour. No doubt about that.”
The team manager also confirmed that Rogers was always going to race in the Tour de France, but it is good that he has been performing so well.
“It has been in the plan the whole time. I believe what he can do and trust him.
“He knows what he is doing. It was in the plan that he should do this and build up for the Tour. And after the Giro he has time to recover and it is perfect.”
With not too many stages left of the Giro d'Italia this year Rogers believes the race so far is starting to take its toll on some the riders in the team.
Rogers said: “There are days … on the flatter days I can take it a little bit easy.
“It’s getting a little bit technical because a few of the guys are tired and kind of haven’t got the legs to be up there in the finish.
"I have to be a man of all kind of trades at the moment. We’re doing our best. But I have a month to rest up for the Tour.”
There are a few summit finishes left in the Giro this week so Rogers will have to be at his best if he is going to help Majka win the pink jersey, or even secure a podium finish.
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