It’s taken eight years after the event, but Canberra’s Michael Rogers will finally receive the Olympic medal he so richly deserves.
Rogers will be elevated to the bronze medal for the 2004 Athens Games road race time trial following American gold medalist Tyler Hamilton’s doping admissions last year.
The International Committee Board will reportedly meet today to alter the standings before the eight-year statue of limitations for the International Olympic Committee to officially change placings expires next month.
The gold will now go to retired Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov.
American Bobby Julich will be moved up from bronze to silver, and Rogers goes from fourth to bronze.
Rogers has always believed the medal was his ever since Hamilton came clean.
‘‘I haven’t pushed it, but ultimately I would like that medal,’’ Rogers said.
Julich now works at the British Sky team, where Rogers is one of the key riders.
‘‘I’m always asking him to give me my medal,’’ Rogers said.
‘‘He tells me he won’t give it to me until he gets his silver.’’
The 32-year-old has completed his duties at the London Olympic Games, finishing sixth in the men’s time trial and acting as a domestique for the Australian team in the road race.
Rogers played a crucial role in Bradley Wiggins becoming the first English rider to win the Tour De France.
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