Michael Rogers hits the top of the Tour de France

Michael Rogers attributes Grand Tour success to a 'mental change', and says he's no longer afraid of failure

Michael Rogers in the 2014 Liege - Bastogne - Liege

(Image credit: Watson)

Michael Rogers, after fighting an anti-doping case and winning two stages in the Giro d'Italia, hit the top in the Tour de France. In the longest stage of the race, he escaped, attacked and won solo in Bagnères-de-Luchon

"This year, I think I've changed mentally, and when it rains, it pours," Rogers said. "I've changed upstairs, I'm hungrier, and opportunities seem clearer to me. I'm not scared of the outcome. I used to be afraid of failure, but once you believe, and you're not scared of the outcome, things become clearer, and opportunities arise."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.