Bloomberg’s London HQ is an unusual environment to find a professional cyclist, even one so recently retired.
It’s in a large, glass-fronted building on Finsbury Square however that we find Michael Rogers, three-time world time-trial champion, three-time Grand Tour stage winner, and, until an abrupt end to his career in February, road captain to Alberto Contador at Tinkoff.
Rogers is not your typical Australian. His considered responses come in a quiet, even tone, and it’s hard to imagine him grinning maniacally and ‘playing’ an inflatable guitar in an Orica-BikeExchange video. Only during the frequent, but well-intentioned interruptions to our interview does he give any indication of his background.
The host of a conference on the ‘gamification’ of cycling that we have come to Bloomberg to attend invites Rogers to join him for beers when he is next in the Netherlands. Rogers accepts. “I can drink ‘em now, too!” he laughs.