Michael Rogers wins stage 11 of Giro d’Italia

Australian Michael Rogers, who had a doping suspension overturned after a contaminated meat defence last year, won stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia in Savona on Wednesday.

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider soloed to victory on the 249-kilometre route from Collecchio to win by 10 seconds from second-placed Simon Geschke (Giant-Shimano) and Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani CSF), who was third.

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) retained the race leader’s maglia rosa with a 57-second advantage after finishing safely in the pack behind his compatriot Rogers, who claimed his first victory since winning his appeal.

Rogers tested positive for the banned steroid clenbuterol last autumn, but successfully pleaded against his ban after attributing the adverse finding to contaminated meat eaten in China.

The 34-year-old attacked on the descent of the final climb as the general classification contenders marked each other and seized his chance.

“It was a great opportunity for me and I was able to take advantage of it,” Rogers said.

“It was a spur of the moment decision. I saw on top of the climb that all the contenders of the GC were looking at each other, and the possibility opened up and I took it.”