When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!— Jens Voigt
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Hopefully I've shown them (fellow cyclists) you just need some self-belief and that you need to take your destiny into your own hands instead of waiting for it. You have to go out and force it. You need to go out and take life, and shape your life and destiny the way you need it. I hope I can pass that message along.
If it hurts me, it must hurt the other ones twice as much.
I lost quite a bit of skin on the left side of my body and sustained some deep cuts in my hand and around my knee, but the doctors were able to stitch it all back together. Luckily I didn't hurt my shoulder but I'm now at the point where the only thing on my body which isn't hurting is my bad shoulder.
In the hierarchy of the family, I'm just above the dog. But I like it that way.
Cycling is not rocket science.
I gave it everything in the last 20 minutes.
I knew that I still had the energy, that I was ahead of the mark. I felt euphoric — it was the last 20 minutes of my sporting career.
If you go (with a break), you can either win or not win.
If you don't go for it, you definitely won't win.
Having things organized is for small-minded people. Genius controls chaos.
I get paid to hurt other people, how good is that?
Shut up body and do what I tell you
Every time I race, I will race so fiercely my legs cry.
Apart from the fact that I can move the bike fast, I am basically Joe Average.
At the Tour, you always have some fantastic days and some days where you hit the asphalt. Today was an asphalt day for me.
My only talent is that I have a so-called big engine.
I can attack on successive days - well maybe now not so often - or ride tempo at the front of the peloton for a week. I'm not a climber or a sprinter. Whatever makes the race sticky, fast and difficult is good for me. I'm just a big motor - I think I'm allowed to say that - and a fighter. I'll do whatever it takes to make the race.
Firstly, train lots. Secondly, train hard, the harder the better, no shortcuts. They will always come back to bite you when you least expect it. And third, always remember where you come from. Your parents, family, team, coaches, are the ones who will get you to where you are and will always be there for you.
I'd like to throw Betsey Andreu and Travis Tygart in a wood-chipper.
That would be my idea of a good time. Maybe I could get George to come over and help me clean up after.
After 120 kilometers my body said, ‘ooh, ooh Jens! What were you thinking?’
If you try to win, you might lose, but if you don't try to win, you lose for sure!
If there's something left in me, it's better to go down fighting.
You've got to have a bit of self-belief and confidence in yourself. I might know that I have only a little chance but I'm a good rider and I try to make it happen. You have to give luck a swift kick in the behind so it falls on your side. You have to make your own luck.
While I'm not very talented at cooking, I am very talented at eating.
I am confident that when I get really old, the human lifespan will be extended.