Rogers withdraws from Tour of California

Thu, 12 May 09:21:00 2011

Defending champion Michael Rogers has been ruled out of this month's Tour of California through illness, Team Sky said.

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"Michael Rogers is hugely disappointed that illness has robbed him of the chance to defend his Tour of California title, but (he) is hoping to make a return to action at Bayern-Rundfahrt later this month," Sky said in a statement.

"The Australian has not raced since completing the Vuelta al Pais Vasco at the start of April and has been laid low with a bout of glandular fever in the time since then."

Rogers, a three-times time trial world champion from 2003-05, joined Team Sky from HTC-Columbia to strengthen the British team on the stage races.

The Tour of California starts on Sunday.

Reuters

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