Jens Voigt: the man behind the Hour attempt

As the legendary rider prepares his assault on the Hour record, we reflect on what makes this cult hero so special

Jens Voigt on stage twenty of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

When Jens Voigt made his professional debut for the Australian team ZZVZ-Giant-AIS in 1997, it would have been difficult for him, or indeed anyone associated with cycling at the time, to imagine the impact he would have on the sport.

He was clearly a talented rider, having won the Peace Race as an amateur in 1994, along with other notable races at the time. Yet his legacy would be defined not only by his palmarès but by his iconic status within sport’s cultural fabric, where he has become synonymous with cyclists' masochistic desire for pain and suffering.

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