Jens Voigt to turn his hand to coaching at Trek Factory Racing

Former Hour Record holder Jens Voigt swaps the wheels for the team car as he undertakes a coaching and motivational role at Trek

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Jens Voigt has described his new coaching role at Trek Factory Racing as his ‘dream job’.

The 43-year-old, who hung up his wheels after breaking the Hour Record in September, will work in a coaching and motivational role and undertake a course to become a directeur sportif, according to the team’s website (opens in new tab).

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While Voigt may have to curb his attacking instincts when he takes control of the team, he hopes to inspire the team’s younger riders to take their chances in races.

“I am really looking forward to continue working with Trek Factory Racing, the team I love!” said Voigt. “Of course, it hurts seeing the boys go out for training in the morning and leaving the “old man” back at the hotel. But I am sure that this is the dream job after my active career on the bike.

“I've always raced with my heart and left all I had on the road. I'm super happy to share my advice and especially help the young riders to race like that in the future. I want to inspire them to take chances and be an active part of a race.”

Speaking to Cycling Weekly at a promotional event for the turbo trainer game Zwift, Voigt revealed his secrets for success: “I don't have one, I have three: self belief beyond reason, no short cuts and it isn't over until you cross the line.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.