Time for burgers and beer: Jens Voigt looks back on his epic career

Now enjoying retirement after crowning his career with a new hour record, Jens Voigt chatted to Cycling Weekly about his 17 years in the peloton

Giro 2008 st 18 Jens Voigt
(Image credit: WATSON)

There’s much more to Mr Voigt’s career than a smiling face and gutsy breakaways. The five-time winner of the Critérium International and two-time winner of the Tour of Germany was instrumental in Carlos Sastre’s 2008 Tour de France victory, and ‘Jensie’ himself has enjoyed his own share of glory in La Grande Boucle. At this year’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire, millions of fans watched him give it a big trademark “shut-up legs” to scale the Dales ahead of the field. And Voigt evidently enjoyed being presented with the polka-dot jersey by Prince Harry, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Voigt claims the polka dot jersey after his Stage 1 attack in 2014's Tour

Voigt claims the polka dot jersey after his Stage 1 attack in 2014's Tour

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