Australian Rogers joins Saxo-Tinkoff

CYCLING: Tour de France-Stage ElevenMichael Rogers (AUS), right, and Bradley Wiggins (GBR) during stage eleven of the 2012 Tour de France between Albertville and La Toussuire. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Three-times world time-trial champion Michael Rogers has signed a two-year contract with Saxo-Tinkoff, the Dutch team said on Friday.

The 32-year-old Australian left Team Sky after two years with the British outfit, with whom he played a key part in Bradley Wiggins’s Tour de France victory in July.

Rogers is set to play the same support role for Spain’s Alberto Contador, who will seek a third Tour de France win next year.

“I think Michael’s record 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,” Saxo-Tinkoff team manager Bjarne Riis said in a statement.

Rogers won three consecutive time-trial world titles from 2003 to 2005.

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