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“It would be an honour to be selected. It’s not just a race but an adventure and to be part of it one more time, I would be proud.”

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14.06.2014 @ 10:28 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Jens Voigt has described riding the Tour de France in his final season as an honour but he admits that his place on the Trek Factory Racing roster is far from secure.


“If you do the Tour you want to it in good condition. You want to be part of the team and want to be able to do the work and bring the performance that the team expects of you. At the moment I’m not so sure if I have it. As much as I hate to say it I wish I could be ten per cent stronger,” Voigt told Cyclingnews at the Critérium du Dauphiné.


“The Tour has a pretty intense start. The second stage, even after that a few guys will say goodbye to their GC plans. Then there’s the Roubaix stage so you can only go to the Tour if you’re 100 per cent healthy and ready. As far as I see it we have seven or eight riders for the final five places and we’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. Until then we keep racing and keep our fingers crossed.


“It would be an honour to be selected. It’s not just a race but an adventure and to be part of it one more time, I would be proud.”

The Trek team is centered around the Schleck brothers, Andy and Frank, but Voigt has his own opinions on what the Trek team will race for in France this summer and who will make it to the start line in Yorkshire.


“These are just my personal thoughts but we have two who are sure in [Fabian] Cancellara and Fränk Schleck. Then we have two others who are very sure in Matthew Busche and Haimar Zubeldia and then I think we have seven guys for five places. That’s just my thoughts,” Voigt told Cyclingnews.


Frank Schleck will lead the team in France but younger brother Andy, who is really struggling for form but is regarded as the more talented of the two brothers, is not out of the running according to Voigt:


“There’s still a chance. He’s doing the Tour de Suisse which starts this Sunday but as I said apart from those four nobody knows and I don’t know even if our bosses have made up their minds.”


Whether Voigt makes the start line or not, he will still be remembered fondly at Trek and throughout the peloton and is a modern day cycling legend.




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