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Three-time world time trial champion Michael Rogers has outlined the reasons why he left the Quick Step team and signed for T-Mobile. Speaking on his new team's website, the Australian said his goals did not fit in with Quick Step's, and that the Belgian team was, understandably, focusing more and more on supporting team leader Tom Boonen.
"It became quickly apparent that T-Mobile already had clear targets for 2006 and 2007, which fitted with my own personal targets. At the time I felt that Quick Step was moving in one direction, while my goals were moving in another direction," Rogers explained.
"While T-Mobile are set up to perform well in stage races, Quick Step are set up to perform best in one-day races and smaller stage races, like the Deutschland Tour and Tour of Benelux. Going forward they are going to be even more focused on supporting Tom [Boonen]. Of course, that's hardly surprising considering what he is capable of delivering for the team. And all credit to them, they helped me as much as possible, but when it comes to the crunch in stage races, they're just not climbers."
Rogers, who was announced as one of five riders pre-selected for T-Mobile's Tour de France team earlier this week, said he is committed to supporting Jan Ullrich in July. "My goals are the team's goals. Jan Ullrich is the leader and the team is 100% committed to supporting him. we plan to work together, train together and race together in the build-up. With the right preparations and the right communication we can maybe go on to win the Tour," Rogers stated.
Rogers confirmed that he is likely to ride the Giro d'Italia alongside Ullrich. "For me it is the right way to prepare for the Tour because I need a lot of races to perform well. I can train hard but need racing to hit peak," said the Australian.
For the full version of this interview go to www.t-mobile-team.com
Three-time world time trial champion Michael Rogers outlines his reasons for swapping Quick Step for