Oakley's Michael "Mick" Rogers Claims Biggest Win Of Career At The Tour Of California
Oakley’s Michael Rogers of Australia withstood an onslaught of attacks at the final of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday to take the biggest victory of his career.
Michael, known as Mick, donning Oakley’s latest performance limited edition “Radar-BMX Chrome” that matched his golden leader’s jersey, won by 9 seconds after holding the lead since Thursday. Although he didn’t have a teammate in the attacking group to help, he powered through all challenges on the 83 1/2 mile final stage and tough climb out of Malibu.
Many riders stated this tour was one of the most physically demanding races ever. As proof, only 37 out of the 128 riders made it to the finish.
“It was a really tough race,” said Rogers. “I knew the last stage of this race wasn’t going to be a walk in the park, but I didn’t realize it would be that tough. It was obvious early on that Garmin and Radio Shack were going to attack on the fourth lap so we were ready for it. They really stuck it to us and I’m really happy that we could hold on. It was a really tough course. This is a very big day for us,” said Rogers. "With HTC-Columbia being an American Team based in California, this race is second only to the Tour de France in importance.
“I’m really happy that I could rely so much on my team this week. It’s amazing what a team can do together when they have the yellow jersey. They really stepped up to the occasion to win this race.”
Rogers’ success in California confirms a remarkable season for the Australian, having already won Tour of Andalusia earlier in the season and holding the yellow jersey in Tour of Romandie last month.
“I made a lot of changes this year with my training and my approach to cycling and winning this Tour is really a very satisfying step for me.”