It was the last and final day of the stage race and we were all a bit tired and ready to start celebrating the end of an entire week of bike racing. I was standing near the sign-in stage this morning in Denver, looking for something different to shoot, when Jens Voigt suddenly appeared. Darting from side to side through the lengthy row of VIP tents lining the start area, I heard him call out "cookie?" "cookie?" "cookie?"
|Jens - Do I smell cookies in that VIP tent?|
|Jens - Got any cookies in there?|
|Jens - No cookies here|
|Jens - Cookies?|
|Jens - Got any Cookies?|
|Jens - Just one cookie?|
|Jens - This VIP tent looks promising|
|Jens - Can I please have a cookie?|
|Jens - More VIP tents up there ... must find cookie.|
|Jens - Eating his cookie|
"But I want an espresso now - ooh look there is the Rapha van, " he added, spotting the van just up ahead. I looked up and headed straight for the van, I had been there myself just thirty minutes prior.
"Can I cut in line to bring Jens Voigt an espresso please?" I asked of the Barista now on day 7 of making hundreds of espressos. "Sure you can if you tell Jens I want a hug," replied the nice Rapha guy whom I had visited almost daily during this tour. "Okay, no problem, I will tell Jens that; he wants an espresso."
Right then Jens Voigt rolls up on his beautiful new Trek bike and the Rapha guy realizes I am not kidding. "Hey, there you are" I say to Jens, "I was going to bring you an espresso, but this guy says he wants a hug." "Ok," says Jens, "a man hug." And he goes over and throws his arm around the shocked barista.
And so here they are - espresso friends for life - Jens Voigt and Patrick the Rapha Espresso Guy.
|9 minutes ... sip ... 8 minutes ... sip ... 7 minutes ... sip ...|
|What's in your water bottle? Got any cookies?|
Stage 4 into Beaver Creek - Project Cookie Delivery, 3:00pm sharp. If Jens had been aware of this tradition of handing out free fresh hot chocolate chip cookies in Beaver Creek, we definitely would have seen another 80-mile breakaway.
|Where the cravings begin - fans receiving free cookies at 3pm in Beaver Creek, Stage 4. Photo © by Dave Owens for Pedal Dancer®|
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Update May 2014: Jens Voigt was at it again at the 2014 Amgen Tour of California... this time it was a candy apple pre race Big #17 for Jens Voigt.