• Australian Michael Rogers at the Tinkoff training Camp in Gran Canaria (Biondi/BettiniPhoto)Source: Biondi/BettiniPhoto
Top Australian cyclist Michael Rogers is about to return to racing after needing time off because of a heart condition.
Cycling Central

1 Feb 2016 - 9:35 AM 

Australian cycling star Michael Rogers will return to racing after needing time off because of a heart condition.

His Tinkoff-Saxo team announced that the three-time world time trial champion would be in their lineup for the 3-6 February Dubai Tour.

The 36-year-old was a notable absentee from last month's national road championships and the Santos Tour Down Under.

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It emerged late last year that Rogers needed time off because the heart condition had become worse.

The team said that in 2001, Rogers was diagnosed with a congenital bicuspid aortic valve, where the valve does not close properly.

They added that a routine echocardiogram showed a "possible progression" in the condition.

But team director Tristan Hoffman said Rogers trained well during a team camp at Gran Canaria.

"After several meticulous heart examinations throughout December and January, I'm relieved to have the green light to start the Dubai Tour," Rogers said in a team statement.

"I greatly benefited from the recent team training camp in Gran Canaria, where I was able to take the first steps to regaining full fitness."

Rogers said he would have modest goals in Dubai and would support his teammates.