Rogers rates his time trialClose
ichael Rogers is steadily working his way up the standings and is hoping for another jump upwards iPICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Sitting on the Quick Step-Davitamon team bus, sheltering from the rain prior to the Tour's 18th stage between Annemasse and Lons le Saunier, Michael Rogers told procycling that he was feeling fine and is confident about getting to Paris on Sunday. Despite looking forward to the finish, the Australian was also looking forward to Saturday's time trial at Besanon. "I had a pretty good day yesterday [Thursday] in the mountains, even though it was a really hard stage," said Rogers. "And I'm pretty confident for the time trial tomorrow [Saturday]. I'm still feeling all right, and seem to be recovering all right, too." With team-mate Richard Virenque having made sure of his seventh King of the Mountains title on Thursday's stage after his breakaway, Rogers said that morale in the Belgian team was high. "We've had a couple of stage wins and have won the mountains jersey," Rogers said. "So we've had pretty much the same Tour as we had last year, which is good, so everyone's pretty happy." Rogers is also waiting to hear whether he will yet be crowned 2003 world time trial champion. The UCI have said that David Millar will be stripped of his title if and when they receive official confirmation of Millar having used EPO in preparation for the race in Hamilton, Canada, last October, as he has already admitted in his testimony to investigating judge Richard Pallain. French newspaper Libration was reporting on Friday that David Millar had already had the title taken away from him but, contacted by procycling on Friday morning, Enrico Carpani, the UCI's press officer, said that the UCI were still waiting for official confirmation of Millar's admission from British Cycling. "Until it's official, I'm still second," Rogers said. "But I'd be happy if it happens. It would have been nice to win on the day, and have been on the podium and all that, but it's the way it is."