Australia’s Rogers Wins Time Trial
MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Australia’s Michael Rogers won the individual time-trial gold medal Thursday for the third straight year at the road cycling world championships.
Two Bulgarian riders were barred from the men’s road race after undergoing blood tests. The International Cycling Union said Bogdan Stoytchev and Ivailo Gabrovski were ``unfit″ for competition. Cyclists are routinely tested to see if their red blood cell levels are within limits.
Rogers covered the 27.3-mile course in 53 minutes, 34.49 seconds, almost 24 seconds ahead of Spain’s Jose Ivan Gutierrez. Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara won the bronze medal in 53:58.38.
``I am going to have a big party tonight,″ Rogers said. ``It was a very hard course. It was very hard on the climbs and in the second part there were a lot of uphills. I didn’t go easy on the first lap, but I really pushed it in the second.″
Rogers won the 2004 elite division time trial in Italy, a year after getting the gold when Britain’s David Millar was stripped of the title for doping.