Canberra’s Michael Rogers will take another step in his comeback to cycling on Sunday when he starts the Dauphine Libere, the lead-up race to the Tour de France.
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Since leaving Team Sky in the off-season to take up a position at Team Saxo-Tinkoff, the 33-year-old has endured more health concerns – firstly with the Epstein-Barr virus, before repeated bouts of tonsillitis.

After making his return with a second place finish at the Tour of California a fortnight ago, the three-time time trial world champion is now confident of a full recovery, but concedes there is a long road still ahead.

”Over the last couple of years my health has been a real sore point for me, and it’s starting to hopefully turn things around, physically.” Rogers told cyclingnews南京夜网.

”But it’s a tough road back. You have three or four months out the sport and you’re so far behind. When you start off already on the wrong foot at the start of the year, it’s hard to progress and to catch up again. I’m slowly getting there. Hopefully for the Tour I’ll be back to my usual self.”

Canberra’s Michael Matthews will also compete, for Australia’s Orica-GreenEdge, having been forced to sit out the Giro d’Italia because of illness.

But Rogers will engage in a tenser battle with Australian Richie Porte. They were teammates on the all-conquering Sky last year, but instrumental in helping Bradley Wiggins to victory in the Tour de France.

This time they will be fierce rivals, Rogers as the main domestique for Alberto Contador and Porte for Sky’s Chris Froome.

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