Rogers Extends Contract with Team Tinkoff-Saxo
Rogers says he is pleased to continue riding for Tinkoff-Saxo and is looking forward to being part of the team for yet another two seasons.
"I'm very excited about extending my contract. For the last two seasons and especially in 2014, I've felt that we've been on the verge of something very special as a team. I most definitely saw that during the Tour de France. I've always been a strong advocate of teamwork, and I think that's why I fit well into this team. We're able to perform with a big mix of riders and I greatly appreciate the opportunity of assisting some of the younger guys with their development”, Rogers explained to Roadcycling.com.
"It has been a memorable year so far. Together with my teammates and the team staff I've been able to maintain a high level throughout the season, which has resulted in three stage wins in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. I would love to take some more in the next seasons. I especially look forward to returning to the Tour with Alberto (Contador) to finish what we've started," Rogers explained from his current location in Colorado, USA, where he is set to take part in this year's USA Pro Challenge.
Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis says he is considering the extension of Rogers' contract an obvious choice considering the impressive results he has delivered this season and the 34-year-old route captain's importance to the team as a whole.
"We're all very pleased that Michael (Rogers) will stay with the team and in my opinion it's quite obvious why. It has been an amazing comeback and he has played an important role in raising the overall level of the team. In fact, I don't think we've ever seen him stronger than he is now. He'll definitely be important for us in the seasons to come," Riis explained.
Michael Rogers turned pro in 2001 and won three World Time Trial Championships in a row as well as several one-week stage races because of his strong overall capabilities. In 2013 he made the move to the Tinkoff Bank - Saxo Bank team and soon found himself in a key position as one of the team's most experienced and tactically gifted riders.
"He has been an essential part of our team this season and he first and foremost fits very well into the entire setup. He has the experience and strength to guide the team on the road as the extended arm of the sports director and he continues to win races like we've seen during the Grand Tours this season. So it's very logical that we want him to continue with our team," Riis added.