Former world time trial champion Michael Rogers is the latest rider to join Team Sky.

The 30-year-old will leave the HTC-Columbia team to join the British ProTour squad. Rogers won the rainbow jersey three years in a row – the first time in 2003 after finishing second to Britain’s David Millar, who was stripped of the title after confessing to doping offences.

Rogers, who won the Tour of California this season, is the fourth rider to join Team Sky for 2011 after Rigoberto Uran and Xabier Zandio, both from Caisse d’Epargne, and Britain’s Alex Dowsett.

Although Rogers has turned his attention away from trying to challenge in the three-week tours, preferring instead to target victories in the week-long stage races, he will be a strong asset for the team time trial, which is set to return to the Tour de France programme.

One rider who is unlikely to be joining Team Sky is the young Australian Richie Porte. CW understands Team Sky made Porte an offer that would have significantly increased his salary, but as he is under contract with Saxo Bank, Bjarne Riis blocked any move. 

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  • Ken Evans

    Brailsford:
    “I can confirm that we have spoken to him
    but we don’t talk about riders who are contracted to other teams
    until the end of the season.”

    Rogers will be riding for someone, who will pay him more than Sky ??

  • Jack Elton-Walters
  • Colnago dave

    Interesting that big Bjarne blocked Portes move to Sky as it remains to be seen whether his sponsors will be willing to stay with him if Contador is banned. Given Bjarne’s previous track record of signing Basso and the mass exodus of several highly regarded riders if I was a sponsor I would be wondering if it was the right team to back.
    Also the fact that several high profile riders over the past seasons have been banned for doping and have connections either with teams involving Lance or Bjarne. The strange thing is that these riders are caught out when they are with new teams, so is there a thread here?