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Team High Road have just announced that their Australian rider Michael Rogers is to take up to eight weeks out of competition after being diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr-Virus (EBV). Although not serious, it can lay dormant in certain cells of a persons immune system.

Rogers is expected to be one of the team's leaders for this year's Tour de France. The three time world time trial champion crashed out of last year's Tour on stage eight to Tignes when he was virtual leader on the road.

The statement read:

Michael Rogers, a member of Team High Road, has been diagnosed with EBV (Epstein-Barr-Virus) infection that will require Rogers to rest completely for at least four weeks, and remove himself from competition for at least eight weeks. The diagnosis was confirmed by physicians for Team High Road and independently by physicians for Rogers.

"Having expedited the same virus in 2001, I have the necessary knowledge of what required of me to get my health back to a level that will allow me to train and race at full intensity. In the meantime I will rest as much as possible to give myself a fast turnaround" said Rogers.

Paul DeGuyter, Agent for Michael Rogers added, "Michael has not felt strong on the bike since last fall and has been struggling to train consistently with intensity. While he is disappointed to not be racing, he is pleased that there is a confirmed and treatable medical reason for his difficulties. Michael can now focus on a speedy and complete recovery. He looks forward to regaining his competitive status and rejoining his team as soon as possible."

Bob Stapleton, of High Road Sports, Inc, commented "While we regret the loss of Michael from the team at the start of our European season. We are thankful that Michael's condition has been diagnosed and he can start on the road to recovery. We look forward to his return as soon as his health and fitness allow?.

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