Michael Rogers has been absent from the peloton for most of the season with the Australian opting for a training-focused build-up to the Giro d'Italia.
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Cycling Central

5 May 2015 - 10:46 AM 

Contador content with form ahead of Giro
Alberto Contador is the only Tour de France contender who will be lining up at the start of the Giro d'Italia in San Lorenzo al Mare on 9 May.

Rogers, who will captain Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team, has only made one European race appearance this year.

The 35 year old competed in the Australian National Championships and Tour Down Under in January. Since then he has only raced the Volta a Catalunya in March, where he withdrew during the fourth stage.

“To fulfill my goal of arriving at the Giro d’Italia with a balance of physical conditioning and mental freshness, the Tinkoff Saxo coaching staff and I decided to put greater focus on quality blocks of training, rather than the traditional early season competitions," said Rogers.

Rogers only had one race in his legs, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, when he contested last year's Giro d'Italia where he won two stages. Rogers missed the early season races due to a temporary suspension while under investigation for a positive clenbuterol result. He was later cleared of any wrong-doing with the UCI declaring that the result was likely due to contamination from eating meat in China. Rogers went on to claim his first Grand Tour stage victories, taking two stages at the Giro d'Italia and one at the Tour de France.

The Tinkoff-Saxo squad has spent three weeks training at altitude at Teide, in the Canary Islands, ahead of the first Grand Tour of the year. 

"Collectively as a team, we have done our best - both on and off the bike - in preparation for the Giro," said Rogers.

"I feel we have a well-balanced team, and we look forward to the numerous challenges that lay ahead in the next three week."

The Tinkoff-Saxo team will also feature two-time Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso.

"My determination, drive and will are identical to when I was preparing for the Giro d'Italia as team leader, where my goal was to win it. The only difference is that now, all my energy will go to serve the team and our leader, Alberto. I feel in great shape. We have put a tremendous amount of work, we tried to take care of every single detail and we are convinced we will hit the starting line the way we planned," said Basso.
 
“Alberto is in great form himself and the entire squad is in the best shape possible. I think the quality of work at the training camp was excellent, we rode a lot, we talked a lot and discussed at length our approach. Our leader is the world's best rider and that fact gives confidence to the rest of the squad."

Giro d'Italia broadcast details
SBS will broadcast every stage of the Giro d'Italia live. When possible, we will also live stream the race online here at Cycling Central before the television broadcast begins. In addition to morning highlights online, there will be highlights every day at 6pm on SBS 2.