In honor of Jens Voigt’s ill-fated yet stunningly magnificent fifty kilometer solo ride off the front in yesterday’s Stage Three of the USA Pro Challenge, we present some facts that may surprise you, but probably not. When asked to describe the deteriorating situation in the break just before he jumped, the German powerhouse quipped “…I decided an attack would be the best defense.”
While perusing these facts, don’t laugh loud enough for Jens to hear you.
- Being Jens Voigt is considered doping.
- Jens Voigt doesn’t put air in his tires. He thinks it’s too much of an advantage.
- The term “sufferfest” was originally coined to describe Jens’s rest days.
- Jens’s big ring is a 56. His rear cassettte is an 11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-12.
- Someone once told Jens to “dig deep.” That is how geologists know the earth’s core contains an iron-nickel alloy.
- There is no such thing as a draft, just wind trying to get away from Jens Voigt.
- Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas. Chuck Norris wears Jens Voigt pajamas.
- Once the Leopard Trek team bus broke down and Jens volunteered to push it. French police pulled them over and detained the team for more than hour before letting Jens go with just a speeding ticket.
- Race routes must head opposite the earth’s rotation, otherwise Jens will bring the planet to a stop.
- Lance Armstrong once told Jens that attacking wasn’t the best way to win Tour de France stages. When asked what he thought of this Jens replied “Lance who? Does this guy have any Tour wins?”
There is nothing humorous about Jens’s horrible crash in the 2009 Tour de France. The severity of the crash and the fact that he was able to return to racing two months later, however, only adds to the legend.