Sometimes I'm Jens Voigt

by Mat Brett   July 2, 2010  

Tour 2010 Jens Voight

Sometimes when I’m out on my bike, in my head I’m Jens Voigt.

Editor Tony and I saw the German Saxo Bank rider recently when we headed off to Rotterdam ahead of the Tour de France prologue. We could have probably gone up and said hello, but they say never meet your heroes… so I didn’t. We’ll leave it as it is.

To be honest, I don’t know tons about Jens, but this is what I do know.

• “Shut up legs” – that’s one of his.

• “Shut up body and do what I tell you” – that’s another.

• “I get paid to hurt people – how good is that?” Poetry.

• “Even if you only win one out of ten tries, that is one more than zero out of ten.” Philosophy.

• In a sport that’s chock-full of hard men, Jens is the toughest of the lot. He attacks. Loads. And if it doesn’t work, he attacks again.

• He’s 6ft 2in and 76kg of pure guts.

• The guy is pushing 39 but he’s still as scary as ever.

• He fell hard coming down the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard in last year’s Tour and broke himself badly, but I kind of expect the road still came out of it worse.

That’s all the stuff I know about Jens, really, but that’s plenty. And that’s why sometimes when I’m out on my bike, in my head I’m Jens Voigt.

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hang on, i'm Jens Voigt when i'm out on the bike, we even have the same nose

posted by VecchioJo [808 posts]
3rd July 2010 - 13:27


no i'm spartacus, hang on thats Fabian C. isn't it.. so no im not. Thinking

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posted by Fringe [1097 posts]
3rd July 2010 - 13:40

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I am the same height as Jens Voigt. If only I could loose another 4kg and be the same weight maybe I'd be as fast. In my dreams Smile

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posted by vorsprung [298 posts]
13th July 2010 - 10:40


I am also a big Jens fan, what a hero.

I like your "the road came of worse" - sounds like one of those classic Chuck Norris quotes.

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posted by Trev Allen [169 posts]
15th July 2010 - 10:23

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Hey Jens,

loved your that was scary. If you are ever in california, you have free golf lessons--time to begin a real sport.

love ya

posted by pedaling4pars [2 posts]
16th July 2010 - 21:00

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Smile ich liebe dich. if you are ever in cailifornia, come and join me. i will let you punish me on the bike..then i will show you how ladies get even--even par that is.- Smile your golf pro fan
sharon fletcher

posted by pedaling4pars [2 posts]
16th July 2010 - 21:04


I had the pleasure of meeting Jens earlier this year, and I have to say he's a fantastic ambassador for cycling and the sport of road racing. He's very funny and speaks with humility about what he's achieved. The legend rides on...

Bring me sunshine, and dry roads

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posted by MalcolmBinns [114 posts]
23rd July 2010 - 12:46