UCI: Rogers not under suspicion

Popular T-Mobile rider cleared

Three-time world time trial champion Michael Rogers of Australia has not been implicated in any doping affair, the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed Friday.

Reports of Rogers' alleged implication in doping at the T-Mobile team circulated last week following a hearing at which disgraced German Patrik Sinkewitz gave evidence to the German cycling federation (BDR).

Former T-Mobile rider Sinkewitz, who tested positive for testosterone during the Tour de France, told the BDR he underwent banned blood transfusions and had used the illegal blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) since 2003.

During the hearing, it was reported, the 27-year-old German claimed that several of T-Mobile's team visited a Freiburg University Clinic days before the 2006 Tour started, and that blood transfusions took place during the Tour.

Rogers' name was rumoured to be among that list, but on Friday the UCI said the Australian was not under suspicion of doping.

"Contrary to reports in certain sections of the media, the Australian rider Michael Rogers has not been implicated by his team-mate Patrik Sinkewitz," said the statement.

"This was revealed after the UCI examined the dossier sent by the German Federation (BDR) following the statements made by the German rider.

"The document sent by the BDR showed that Michael Rogers is not implicated in any way," T-Mobile team manager Bob Stapleton said last week. Michael has told us he was not involved in the doping practices which Sinkewitz has described. If the facts say otherwise, we will act and take our responsibilities."

Rogers joined T-Mobile in 2006 after helping former French cycling icon Richard Virenque win a record seventh King of the Mountains title, while they both raced for Quick Step.

© BikeRadar & AFP 2007

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