July 18, 2003
Michael Rogers wasn't too happy with the riding of Carlos Da Cruz of FDJeux.com and Nicolas Portal of AG2R, who marked him (and Stuart O'Grady) through the long breakaway yesterday:
I couldn't scratch my arse without them bloody getting on my wheel.
When you have two guys like them, who ride as if their lives depend on chasing you back, it's not easy to get away. How they raced today was a disgrace. And what did they gain from it? Fifth and seventh place!
Rogers said getting in the breakaway may affect his TT today:
I've never raced for so many days. And with tomorrow's stage 12 time-trial next up on the menu of pain, I had intended to save myself by hiding in the bunch. But what's done is done, and now all I can do is recover and pray the legs will return for the 47km race of truth in which I had hoped, with a good ride, to finish in the top five.
Rogers recently resigned with QuickStep-Davitamon for two more years.
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When I learned he was part of a breakaway I had to wonder "what on earth is he doing?" It doesn't make sense. The Tour is a competition of such length and such high level of competitiveness that every rider must know exactly when and why he'll spend some of his limited "fitness" capital. Obviously Rogers still has to learn.
Posted by: Chris K at Jul 18, 2003 4:56:07 AM