Team Sky officially announces Michael Rogers hire for 2011

As reported last month, the Australian will join the British squad for the 2011 season.

As reported on last month, Australia’s Michael Rogers has ended a successful five-year spell with HTC-Columbia by signing for British outfit Team Sky.

The 30-year-old from Canberra, a three-time world time trial champion, brings a wealth of stage-racing experience as a veteran of nine grand tours.

Sports director Sean Yates is delighted to have Rogers on board and feels he can be a great role model for the younger riders on the team.

“Michael is a consummate professional and great addition to the team,” Yates said. “He has proven himself in big races right throughout his career and that experience will be an invaluable asset to us.

“He takes his job as a bike rider seriously and the younger guys in the team will be able to learn a lot from him.”

Early in his career Rogers was tipped as a possible challenger for the Tour de France yellow jersey, but after years of frustration, the Australian said after this year’s race he had virtually given up on that ambition.

Instead, Rogers said he would look to focus on winning one-week stage races. He was the first non-American to win the Tour of California, earlier this year, and has in the past won the Tour of Germany, Belgium and the Route du Sud.

Rogers is excited to begin this new chapter of his career at Team Sky and has no qualms about taking a central role within the squad.

“I like the direction and general outlook of the team and am delighted to be here,” Rogers said. “Having ridden against them this year it was clear to see the team were learning and improving all the time and I expect that to continue next season.

“I’ve been lucky enough to ride with some great riders in the past and have learned a lot from them. If they want me to, I am more than happy to pass some of that experience along and I will do whatever I can to help the team’s progression.”

Rogers is the fourth Australian on the Team Sky roster.