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Rogers focused on Tour, but has other ambitions, too

AFTER helping Bradley Wiggins win the yellow jersey, Canberra cyclist Michael Rogers has signalled his intent to do the same with new teammate Alberto Contador in this year's Tour de France.

Rogers moved from Team Sky to Team Saxo-Tinkoff at the start of the year and is back in the saddle for his new team after overcoming a ''minor injury''.

The three-time time-trial world champion said his main job was to help Contador win the yellow jersey for the third time.

But he still harbours ambitions of his own and wants to salute in lesser races. ''My main goal will be riding the Tour de France supporting Alberto in our quest for the win,'' Rogers told the Saxo-Tinkoff website.

''There's a long way of training and of racing ahead of us and for some, the big objective is the Tour.

''That doesn't mean I have no ambitions of my own in other races.


''My next race will be the Tirreno-Adriatico [in Italy starting March 6].

''My goals are again aligned with helping out the team.

''After a minor injury during the winter, I'm a little behind condition-wise compared to previous years, but hopefully the condition will be perfect come July.''

Rogers has ridden in two races so far for his new team, finishing 57th in the Tour Mé´diterrané´en Cycliste Professionnel before failing to finish the two-day Tour Cycliste International du Haut Var-matin.

He was enjoying his time at his new team. ''The change has been very positive. I always enjoy the new challenges of moving to a new team,'' he said.

''I think that I'll now be granted a few more opportunities on my own in shorter stages races.''