Columbia-HTC's Michael Rogers wants to be national champion on the road this time around
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Columbia-HTC's Rogers wants to be national champion on the road

by VeloNation Press at 11:53 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Press Release, National Championships

Columbia-HTC's Michael Rogers is ready for the 2010 season to begin after having a solid off-season of training. The Australian said that he has 'unfinished business' with the Australian National Road Race title, an event in which he took the silver medal last year.

"Ten years ago people might have said 'what jersey is that?' when they saw the Australian National Champion, but not any more. It's a very prestigious jersey to wear, and everyone knows that. Last year in the race there was a bit of an unexpected sprint, and I missed out, so there's definitely some sort of 'unfinished business'."

Rogers says he has had his best off-season ever, reaching all his training targets throughout the November and December period.

"I did about 100 days racing in 2009, both the Giro and the Tour, so I stopped straight after the World Championships, had a good long rest, and then got into training for 2010.

"I've worked really well. I'm three kilos lighter than I was this time last year, and I've built up some very good endurance. Hopefully it will be a hard race, because that will suit me better."

Rogers is the defending Australian National Time Trial champion, but this year he will be focusing only on the 163-kilometre road race on January 10th. His Columbia-HTC teammates Leigh Howard and Matt Goss will also be taking part.

"It's a very tough course, not overly long but long enough, and although there's just the one climb, we do it sixteen times and it's usually very hot, too. It'll be a race of attrition. For the Australian amateurs the Nationals is their last event of the season and they're all in great shape, so it's very hard to control. And of course, if they beat the professionals they get a lot of bragging rights! But with the team we've got there, we've certainly got the force and talent to achieve a good result."


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