First Endurance rider Jens Voigt (Trek) attacked from the gun in stage one of the Tour de France today. After dropping his two breakaway companions, Jens soloed over the final two categorized climbs to grab the lead in the mountains competition.
“I had info from [director] Alain Gallopin about the riders with me, and I knew they were good because, hey it’s the Tour de France, everyone is good here. So I tried to beat them in the first mountain sprint, and I couldn’t. So I had a little chat with my body. What I don’t have is freshness, a sprint, and I don’t have a punch anymore. What I do have is a big diesel engine, the desire to go, and the ability and willingness to suffer for a long time. I was beaten by two bike lengths in the first climb, and Gallopin came up after that and said, ‘hey conserve energy.’ And I said, ‘no, no no, the other way around! If I want the mountain jersey I have to go now!’ Alain thought about it, and said, ‘yes, yes yes, do that!’
“And so the intermediate sprint came up and I worked out a plan in my little head. It looked like I was just going for the sprint, and they let me go, and once I had five seconds, I was gone. You know it’s the book of cycling, page number one: Never, ever give one meter to Jens Voigt!”-Jens Voigt
With still 60 kilometers to go to the finish in Harrogate, Jens Voigt was back with the flock. But the polka dot jersey was his, a great reward for the strenuous effort.
“Now that I am officially the biggest climber in the Tour de France I am waiting for a one million dollar contract next year. Hey, I am the best climber in the Tour – yes I will sign again!”-Jens Voigt
1. Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lott0-Belisol