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"It's not only my job to ride my bike but to entertain the crowds and the people," Voigt said. "I will definitely try to go out and be great, and spectacular. Hopefully it all works out for me this week."

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13.05.2014 @ 22:55 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

Everyone’s favorite Jens Voigt never denies that racing in North America is close to his heart, and rather unsurprisingly the German veteran plans to go on the attack during one of the upcoming five Tour of California stages, once again trying to please the crowd and satisfy sponsors while riding in a breakaway.


Voigt rode a good time trial yesterday, finishing ninth, 1:24 down on the unattainable Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), what should be considered as a sign of an increasing form of the 42-year old German.


The Trek Factory Racing rider made it clear that stealing a show and, with some luck, a stage victory is his main intention in the Californian event. Voigt didn’t pinpoint any particular stages, claiming that he will try to ride aggressively throughout next five days, but he hinted that today’s mountaintop finish on Mount Diablo is not the most promising opportunity to make a good use of his strengths.


"I will definitely go for stage opportunities during the last five stages," Voigt told Cyclingnews. "I have looked at some of the stages that could present an opportunity for me; however, we always have to take it day-by-day."


With two team-mates places ahead of him in the general classification, including capable climber Markel Irizar, the 42-year old German claimed that despite his ambitions to ride aggressively and go for a stage victory, he intends to strongly support Trek Factory Racing leaders in their quest to finish high in the Tour of California overall standings.


"Stage 3 is the first hilltop finish, so I would need five minutes at the bottom of the climb in order to make it," Voigt said. "If I have the freedom to ride in a breakaway, I will, but it depends on whether or not the team wants me to stay with our captain or just go out there and have fun."


"It's not only my job to ride my bike but to entertain the crowds and the people," Voigt said. "This is a professional job and our sponsors are happy when they have their names and logos on national TV. I will definitely try to go out and be great, and spectacular. Hopefully it all works out for me this week."



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