Michael Rogers announces retirement
26 April 2016
ROAD CYCLING: Athens 2004 bronze medallist Michael Rogers has announced his retirement from professional cycling today following the recent progression of a congenital heart condition.
Initially starting his career on the track winning junior world titles in the team pursuit and points race in 1997, Rogers immediately found success in the elite ranks with Commonwealth Games scratch race gold in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
A triple medallist as an under 19 and under 23 cyclist at the World Championships, Rogers excelled in the race against the clock on the road, claiming a record equalling three successive world titles in between 2003 and 2005. He still remains one of only three riders with three time trial world titles to their name.
After initially finishing fourth in the time trial at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, in 2015 Rogers was presented with the bronze medal by the IOC following the disqualification of the original gold medallist Tyler Hamilton (USA). Alongside silver medallists Clyde Sefton and Martin Vinnicombe, Rogers is one of only three male athletes to claim an Olympic road cycling medal.
Rogers represented Australia at four Olympic Games and two Commonwealth Games, and found success at the highest level on the road with top 10 finishes at both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, including stage wins in each of them.
Over his career Rogers found success all over the world including general classification victories in Australia - Tour Down Under, Europe - Tour of Belgium, Route du Sud, Vuelta a Andalucia and Bayern-Rundfahrt and America - Tour of California.
Across his career Rogers routinely took on a leadership role, willingly sacrificing his own chances to support his teammates. His leadership both on and off the bike saw him highly sought after by teams to be their captain on the road supporting both sprinters and GC contenders alike.