20 July 2013

Jens Voigt - Hero of Stage 20

Jens Voigt is off the Front!

Rider Profile - at the 2013 Tour de France  
JENS VOIGT

Let's move straight to talking about the next super cool guy at the Tour de France this year - Jensie! Who doesn't just adore this man? Who doesn't want to just sit down, drink a beer and listen to Jens tell stories? I do!

Jens Voigt earned Most Combative on Stage 20 today. He was off the front, struggling, grimacing, grunting, swerving all over the place in his typical 110% effort fashion. Do we expect anything else from him? Some have written (Along the road to Annecy-Semnoz, a milestone: Jens Voigt’s last attack in a Tour) that it will be his last Tour de France (his 16th). Others can only bring themselves to use the word "probably." That is because none of us want to see this affable rock-hard man exit the podium for good.

Jens Voigt is a rider who emanates good will and unbeatable spirit. I love when he is around, I know I smile like a school kid every time I see him at a race. I have witnessed the strong admiration he elicits from fans - they truly love him. And so it is time to once again share photos, quotes, and past posts about Jens Voigt.
Stage 20, 2013 Tour de France, Jens Voigt wins the Most Combative award. Awesome!Photo from Steephill.tv/sirotti
"It's basically a hard shell around chaos. But I'm good with chaos, you know?" ~ Jens Voigt on the mess in his suitcase during the Tour de France
"If you go (with a break), you can either win or not win. If you don't go for it, you definitely won't win." ~ Jens Voigt
"You have got to be as insane as the insanity around you." ~ Jens Voigt describing Stage 5 2011 TDF

Jensie on the podium Photo © Karen at PedalDancer.com
Jens Voigt signing autographs in Aspen, CO. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Jens climbing Independence Pass in Colorado ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
The magnificent Jens Voigt who brings so much joy to fans. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Jens Voigt.  ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Previous Pedal Dancer blog posts about Jens Voigt (there are many more):
Amgen Tour of California - Stage 5 results (2013)
Jens and Stuey (2012)
Jens Voigt on the Podium (2012 ATOC)
Fan Frenzy: Jens Voigt - Stage 16 (2011 TDF)
Image of the day: Cover boy Jens (2011)
Recommended Reading: Jens Voigt (2011)
Upsetting the Apple Cart (2010)
What would Jens Do? - Jen's letter to the fans

Race Report from the day:
Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 20