Team Saxo-Tinkoff confirm the signing of Team Sky rider Michael Rogers
Last Updated: December 7, 2012 5:02pm
Rogers: Linking up with Alberto Contador in 2013
Team Saxo-Tinkoff have confirmed the signing of Team Sky rider Michael Rogers ahead of the 2013 season.
A statement on the Danish team's official website on Friday stated that Rogers had penned a two-year deal and will be joining up with the squad on January 1st.
Team owner Bjarne Riis said: "I think Michael's palmares pretty much speaks for itself.
"He is without a doubt a world-class rider, a very strong time trialist, who is also capable of climbing, and on top of that he is a great guy.
"Surely he will add strength to our team throughout the season, and I believe he will be a very important rider for us, both when it comes to helping Alberto [Contador] in Grand Tours and to secure results on his own."
Rogers - a three-time World Time Trial Champion - joined Team Sky in 2011 and although illness kept him out for large parts of that season, he bounced back in 2012 and achieved top-five finishes at the Tour Down Under, Criterium International and Tour de Romandie before taking the overall victory at Bayern-Rundfahrt with two stage wins along the way.
The 32 year old then claimed a one-two for Team Sky behind Bradley Wiggins at the Criterium du Dauphine before helping his leader and Chris Froome achieve the same result at the Tour de France.
Rogers will now link up with Alberto Contado and looks set to support the Spaniard in next summer's 100th edition of Tour de France.
The Australian said of the move: "I'm very excited to be joining an extremely strong and experienced squad at Team Saxo-Tinkoff for the coming seasons.
"I feel I can have a positive effect particularly during stage races ranging from just a few days right through to the Grand Tours. I certainly look forward to the many new challenges that lay ahead."
Rogers came under the spotlight earlier in the season for his work with now-banned Dr Michele Ferrari in 2005 and 2006, and was also named in Levi Leipheimer's affidavit in the Lance Armstrong USADA case as having attended multiple altitude training camps in 2005 with other Ferrari clients.
Rogers though, has always maintained that doping was never discussed with Ferrari and Team Sky confirmed that his departure had nothing to do with their strict anti-doping charter which all staff and riders were asked to sign in October.
An official statement from Team Sky read: "Michael was interviewed at the October training camp, like all riders, and there was no admission or disclosure that required him to leave.
"He made the decision to join a new team with a new challenge after two years with us, and during that time there have been no doubts about his approach or success with us.
"We thank Michael for his work with Team Sky and wish him well for the next stage of his career."