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Cycling Australia will welcome Canberra's Michael Rogers back with open arms

Cycling Australia will welcome three-time world champion Michael Rogers back into the national set-up, provided he signs its mandatory no-doping statutory declaration.

But Rogers' value as one of the world's leading cycling lieutenants probably means the Canberran is only a chance of being available for the world championships in Spain in September and not the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

On Wednesday, the International Cycling Union overturned Rogers' provisional ban for having an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol in a urine sample collected during his Japan Cup victory in October last year. He was cleared because of the high probability it was due to eating meat at the Tour of Beijing in the lead-up to the win.

Rogers returned to racing for Tinkoff-Saxo overnight, riding in Belgium's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

It opens the door for him to represent Australia at Glasgow at the end of July or the worlds, although CA national performance director Kevin Tabotta said Rogers had ruled himself out of the Commonwealth Games before he was banned.

Tabotta felt Rogers' value to Alberto Contador in the Tour de France meant it was unlikely Rogers would change his mind and throw his lycra in the ring for Glasgow.


He said an extended squad will be announced in early May, which will be greatly affected by who is involved in the Tour.

The world's most famous bike race finishes on July 27 - four days before the time trial at Glasgow, with the Commonwealth Games road race three days after that.

Tabotta thought the Games team might be largely filled by younger riders. "There's not a lot of boxes he [Rogers] hasn't ticked at the Olympic level or the world championship level - three-time world champion as an individual time trialist - [the Commonwealth Games] may be higher on the agenda of some riders than others," he said on Sunday.

"If he's on form, you'd want him at the Tour de France, just because of his experience and his capacity ... He's one of the most valued domestiques now because of his super talent in the peloton, and he's still capable of getting results." 

While he all but ruled out the Commonwealth Games for Rogers, he did think there was a chance he might be part of Australia's worlds bid, but it would depend on the course and his form and fitness.

Tabotta felt the UCI's clearance of Rogers was a much more fitting way for the champion to start to wind up his career, rather than going out on a sour note.

The pair caught up a few weeks ago at Rogers' home base in Switzerland.

"It's great to see he's been able to clear his name and move on," Tabotta said. "Michael's been a really fantastic servant of Australian cycling for many, many years ... and it's just pleasing he's been able to get through this."