Australia’s triple world time-trial champion Michael Rogers has set his sights on winning the Tour de France and Olympic time-trial gold in Beijing this coming season.
The 28-year-old leader of the High Road team, who have taken over from the old T-Mobile outfit after the German telecom operator decided to pull out of cycling due to constant drug scandals, was talking from his preparation base in Varese.
“The Tour de France and the Olympic time-trial in Beijing are my goals for 2008,” he said on Sunday.
Rogers, world champion from 2003-2005, is still hoping to make up for the bitter disappointment of finishing fourth in Athens four years ago.
He’s also hoping to improve on his ninth-place finish from the 2006 Tour and recover from the agony of crashing out of last year’s tour while homing in on the yellow jersey.
“It’s four years since I was fourth in Athens; a result that is driving me on to try to achieve more success,” added Rogers.
“I missed the world championships in Stuttgart in September for the birth of my twins and I’m determined to make up for the misfortune that put me out of the Tour while I was in virtual yellow.”