Bike builder on topoftheworld

By DAVID MOASE

WHEN Australian cyclist Michael Rogers won the individual time trial world championship in Italy this week, the celebrations extended all the way to a small workshop in Coffs Harbour.

Rogers, who finished fourth at the Athens Olympics, rode to victory on a frame made by local bicycle maker Peter Teschner.

The custom-made lightweight aluminium frame was built at Teschner's Cook Drive workshop and Rogers' win topped off a great year for the business.

"We're over the moon to win our first senior world championship," Teschner said.

"We've won a couple in the juniors but this is something special.

"I last spoke to Mick before the Olympics and he said the frame was 'just superb' and I guess this proves that."

Rogers covered the 46.75km course in 57 minutes 30.12 seconds to defend the 2003 title he was awarded only weeks ago after David Millar was disqualified for testing positive to EPO.

Germany's Michael Rich was second, more than a minue behind the Canberra rider, with Alexandre Vinokourov from Kazakhstan another 12 seconds back.

Rogers, who also rode the Teschner frame at the Olympics, was the last of the 47 riders to go off on the course near Lake Garda and paced his ride perfectly.

The world championship win tops off a great year for Teschner bikes, which have featured in big races across the world.

Chris Scott rode one to victory at the Athens Paralympics and Teschner frames dominated in the Accenture Triathlon Series last summer.

Teschner riders have now won the men's Accenture series in eight of the nine years it has been held.

At the Australian track cycling championships, the bikes filled the first 10 places in the women's time trial and the first two places in the men's equivalent.

Peter Teschner will head to a major trade show in Las Vegas next week to spread the word about his bikes and there may be even more good news around the corner for him and Rogers.

American Olympic gold medallist Tyler Hamilton is under investigation after a failed blood doping test and if he is stripped of his medal, Rogers would be awarded the bronze medal.

"That would be great and would give us our elusive Olympic med- al," Teschner said.



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