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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (VN) — In the end, it really didn’t matter if he’d won or lost.
Jens Voigt, the 42-year-old German whose career has spanned two decades, was off the front, alone, battling against the wind, the peloton, and his own inner demons, one last time.
In his final race, in what has been a season-long farewell tour, the fan favorite from Trek Factory Racing was doing what he’s done best since the Clinton administration — suffering, tempting fate, attempting to defy the odds.
After making it into the day’s 12-rider breakaway, Voigt attacked with 40km remaining on stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado Springs Thursday, on the third of four 25km circuits that included a steep climb leading into the red-rock wonderland of the Garden of the Gods, followed by as a short kicker 2km from the finish line.
Voigt’s advantage was never more than 90 seconds over his former breakaway companions, but topped out at a good three minutes back to the main peloton, which consisted of an odd mix of motivated sprint teams and GC contenders.
Teams that missed the move, such as Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies and Garmin-Sharp, chased early, while teams with top sprinters, such as SmartStop, Hincapie Sportswear, and Cannondale, drove the effort late, despite the efforts of Voigt’s Trek teammates to slow the chase at the front.
On a day that wasn’t expected to impact the general classification, there was little question as to what the thousands of fans along the course hoped to see. Signs proclaiming Voigt’s catchphrase, “Shut Up Legs!” were abundant. T-shirts reading “Jens! Jens! Jens!” lined the finishing straight. Voigt had won a race at least once in every one of his 16 years as a pro, and had been winless, up to this point, in 2014. Twitter was ablaze with support for the old man who could, the hard-working father of six; there was a nearly universal desire to see the cagey, charismatic Voigt go out on top.
Within the final 10 kilometers, it was anyone’s guess as to whether the veteran breakaway specialist would hold off the hard-charging pack. The gap had fallen to one minute, and it was coming down quickly.
With 5km to go, the gap was 35 seconds. With 2km to go, and one short, steep climb remaining, the gap was under 20 seconds. Would he hold it, and win one last time? Or would he be absorbed by an unsentimental peloton? And in the end, did it matter?
Voigt’s performance, a month out from his 43rd birthday, had already been a victory of sorts. The oldest rider in the pro peloton had, once again, put on a show. He’d brought the drama. He’d given it everything, against all odds, alone, again. He’d accomplished what he’d set out to, what he’d said was his main objective coming into the race, when he hoped only to have the opportunity to “try one of my stupid breakaways one last time.”
In the end, Voigt was caught inside the final kilometer, steamrolled by hungry, younger bike racers looking to create their own legacies. Cannondale’s Elia Viviani won the stage ahead of Martin Kohler (BMC Racing). Voigt finished 67th, 52 seconds down, completely spent.
Yet during the podium celebration, where Voigt was awarded as the stage’s most aggressive rider, the cheers were, by far, the loudest of the day.
With a hard mountain stage looming on Friday, an uphill time trial on Saturday, and a likely field sprint on Sunday, Voigt had taken his final opportunity, and he’d given his all. And in that sense, he’d gone out on top.
After the stage, VeloNews asked Voigt if — even though he hadn’t taken the stage win — he had been able to soak up the experience of one final, odds-defying breakaway, and if that wasn’t a victory in itself.
Voigt’s response was, like the man himself — energetic, entertaining, and filled with emotion.
“Despite the fact that I was hurting, yes, I was also soaking it up,” he said. “I saw all the signs on the roads — ‘Shut up legs,’ and ‘Farewell, Jens.’ I could hear the people on the road, the fans. And it felt like it was my home crowd. I wanted it like that, one more time in the last week of my career. I felt obliged to show it one more time, to try to win in the fashion they would expect.
‘Maybe, in a bizarre way, it was fitting it ended like this,” he continued. “This is the story of my life — from 20, 30, even 40 breakaways, maybe one works. This was the typical breakaway, you give it all, and you get caught. It was a perfect example of my career — you put it all on the line, you’re taking risks in looking stupid.
“I like today. It was a good day, and I’m really happy that I had it. To be honest, I was a little emotional on the podium. I think I had maybe more applause than the yellow jersey, and I was the closest to crying since the birth of my first child, 19 years ago. I was really close to having tears in my eyes. It was a beautiful and emotional moment for me, and I am happy to one more time be on the podium, with these other amazing riders. I’m happy. I feel like I accomplished something, in my last race. It was a success. I was operational today. I was a force to reckon with. I made it hard for those guys to chase me down, and they only caught me with 800 meters to go.”
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- 1. Elia Viviani, Cannondale, in 2:28:52
- 2. Martin Kohler, BMC Racing Team
- 3. Serghei Tvetcov, Jelly Belly
- 4. Tyler Magner, Hincapie Sportswear Development
- 5. Kiel Reijnen, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
- 6. Jure Kocjan, Team SmartStop
- 7. Alex Howes, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 8. Jonathan Cantwell, Drapac Professional Cycling
- 9. Brent Bookwalter, BMC Racing Team
- 10. Ryan Anderson, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 11. Jacob Rathe, Jelly Belly
- 12. Rasmus Guldhammer, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 13. Zachary Bell, Team SmartStop
- 14. Joseph Rosskopf, Hincapie Sportswear Development
- 15. Tanner Putt, Bissell Development Team
- 16. Bartosz Huzarski, Team Netapp-Endura
- 17. Michael Schär, BMC Racing Team
- 18. Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez, Jamis-Hagens Berman
- 19. Gavin Mannion, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 20. Rafal Majka, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 21. Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing Team
- 22. Ben Hermans, BMC Racing Team
- 23. Tom Moses, Rapha Condor Jlt
- 24. Clement Chevrier, Bissell Development Team
- 25. Bruno Pires, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 26. Dion Smith, Hincapie Sportswear Development
- 27. Benjamin King, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 28. Carter Jones, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 29. Ian Crane, Jamis-Hagens Berman
- 30. Pawel Poljanski, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 31. Bernard Sulzberger, Drapac Professional Cycling
- 32. Thomas Danielson, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 33. Matthew Busche, Trek Factory Racing
- 34. Peter Stetina, BMC Racing Team
- 35. Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes, Team Netapp-Endura
- 36. Cameron Wurf, Cannondale
- 37. Tiago Machado, Team Netapp-Endura
- 38. Patrick Konrad, Team Netapp-Endura
- 39. Javier Megias Leal, Team Novo Nordisk
- 40. Markel Irizar Aranburu, Trek Factory Racing
- 41. Robbie Squire, Jamis-Hagens Berman
- 42. Frank Schleck, Trek Factory Racing
- 43. Thomas Dekker, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 44. Richard Handley, Rapha Condor Jlt
- 45. Jai Crawford, Drapac Professional Cycling
- 46. Julian Kyer, Team SmartStop
- 47. Riccardo Zoidl, Trek Factory Racing
- 48. Michael Cuming, Rapha Condor Jlt
- 49. James Oram, Bissell Development Team
- 50. David de la Cruz Melgarejo, Team Netapp-Endura
- 51. Ruben Zepuntke, Bissell Development Team
- 52. Gregory Daniel, Bissell Development Team
- 53. Daniel Eaton, Bissell Development Team
- 54. Robin Carpenter, Hincapie Sportswear Development
- 55. Jordan Kerby, Drapac Professional Cycling
- 56. Chris Butler, Hincapie Sportswear Development
- 57. Lucas Euser, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
- 58. Jesse Anthony, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 59. Kirk Carlsen, Jelly Belly
- 60. Travis McCabe, Team SmartStop
- 61. Eric Marcotte, Team SmartStop, at :00:23
- 62. Edward Beltran Suarez, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 63. Lachlan Norris, Drapac Professional Cycling, at :00:25
- 64. Laurent Didier, Trek Factory Racing, at :00:27
- 65. Darren Lapthorne, Drapac Professional Cycling, at :00:38
- 66. Alan Marangoni, Cannondale, at :00:50
- 67. Jens Voigt, Trek Factory Racing, at :00:52
- 68. Oscar Clark, Hincapie Sportswear Development, at :01:33
- 69. Tom Zirbel, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :01:59
- 70. Michael Torckler, Team SmartStop
- 71. Ian Burnett, Jelly Belly, at :06:01
- 72. Leopold König, Team Netapp-Endura
- 73. Scott Ambrose, Team Novo Nordisk
- 74. Kristian House, Rapha Condor Jlt
- 75. Wesley Sulzberger, Drapac Professional Cycling
- 76. Edward King, Cannondale
- 77. Michael Rogers, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 78. Hayden Roulston, Trek Factory Racing
- 79. Calvin Watson, Trek Factory Racing
- 80. Bjorn Selander, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 81. Luis Enrique Davila, Jelly Belly
- 82. Rob Britton, Team SmartStop
- 83. Rick Zabel, BMC Racing Team
- 84. Ivan Basso, Cannondale
- 85. Cristiano Salerno, Cannondale
- 86. Michel Koch, Cannondale
- 87. Matej Mohoric, Cannondale
- 88. Joonas Henttala, Team Novo Nordisk
- 89. David Lozano Riba, Team Novo Nordisk
- 90. Gregor Muhlberger, Team Netapp-Endura
- 91. Jesper Hansen, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 92. Elliott Porter, Rapha Condor Jlt
- 93. Yannick Eijssen, BMC Racing Team
- 94. Steve Fisher, Jelly Belly
- 95. Adam Phelan, Drapac Professional Cycling
- 96. Caleb Fairly, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 97. Keegan Swirbul, Bissell Development Team
- 98. Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 99. Phillip Gaimon, Team Garmin-Sharp
- 100. Michael Mørkøv, Tinkoff-Saxo
- 101. Jeffry Louder, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
- 102. Joseph Lewis, Hincapie Sportswear Development
- 103. Hugh Carthy, Rapha Condor Jlt
- 104. Christopher Jones, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
- 105. Johnathan Freter, Jelly Belly
- 106. Stephen Leece, Jamis-Hagens Berman, at :06:15
- 107. Michael Schwarzmann, Team Netapp-Endura
- 108. Martijn Verschoor, Team Novo Nordisk
- 109. Mike Friedman, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 110. Charles Planet, Team Novo Nordisk
- 111. Alexander Candelario, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 112. Daniel Summerhill, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
- 113. Luis Romero Amaran, Jamis-Hagens Berman
- 114. Carson Miller, Jamis-Hagens Berman
- 115. Jonathan Clarke, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
- 116. Benjamin Day, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
- 117. Aaron Perry, Team Novo Nordisk
- 118. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Jamis-Hagens Berman
- 119. Scott Zwizanski, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
- 120. Matt Cooke, Jamis-Hagens Berman
- 121. Toms Skujins, Hincapie Sportswear Development
- 122. Nathan Van Hooydonck, Bissell Development Team
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Cannondale’s Elia Viviani sprinted to victory in Colorado Springs in stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge.
But that wasn’t the day’s big story. Instead, aging breakaway artist Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) stole the spotlight with a 27-mile solo attack that lasted nearly long enough for him to survive for a win.
As the peloton waffled in their efforts to chase the 42-year-old leader, the gap grew.
After the final circuit in the Garden of the Gods, it looked like Voigt might have hung on to win a stage in his farewell race.
The gap slowly began to drop from 1:25, to down below one minute, to 20 seconds with a couple miles remaining. But as Voigt tackled the final rise before the final kilometer, the peloton had him in its grasp.
The lone leader was overtaken in the last kilometer of racing, Viviani showed his sprinting class, sprinting to his first major win since June’s Tour of Slovenia.
“Oh it’s difficult to close with Jens,” said Viviani. “He’s a strong man, he’s a legend man. It’s ever difficult to close [him down when he is away].”
Another big break goes early
A breakaway of 12 riders made their move only moments after the stage officially began.
Their gap grew as large as four minutes.
Along the way, Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman) reclaimed the king of the mountains (KOM) jersey, winning three intermediate climbs in the Garden of the Gods.
As for the intermediate sprints, UnitedHealthcare’s Danny Summerhill took charge. A fixture in this Pro Challenge’s breakaways, the Coloradan earned maximum points on the first and second trips through Colorado Springs. With that, he momentarily surpassed his teammate Kiel Reijnen, who led the green jersey competition at the start of the day.
Heading into the final half of the race, a combination of Garmin-Sharp and UnitedHealthcare rode at the front of the peloton to keep the gap manageable, around 2:20.
With 27 miles to go, just before the third KOM sprint, Voigt attacked as his teammate Laurent Didier sat on the front. Jacques-Maynes followed, won the KOM sprint, then drifted back to the chasers, who were about 20 seconds behind.
Voigt pressed on alone through the punchy, curvy roads in the Garden of the Gods.
A nail-biting pursuit
With 20 miles to go, the 42-year-old had a one minute gap over the chase group. The peloton was 2:45 behind the lead.
The field caught the remainder of the chase with about 11 miles to go, at the base of the steep climb up Ridge Road to the KOM line. At that point, Voigt’s lead had fallen to 1:25.
Robbie Squire attacked the field after the KOM, with 9.5 miles to go. But he only dangled off the front, eventually being brought back by a peloton driven by Tinkoff-Saxo, Garmin-Sharp, and Cannondale.
With around five miles left, Frank Schleck and Laurent Didier moved to the front, disrupting the chase for their teammate in the lead. The gap was 55 seconds.
BMC moved to the front in the final miles, likely protecting Tejay van Garderen from danger.
However, most of the pacemaking was left to Cannondale in the finale.
For a few minutes, in the closing miles, it looked like Voigt would pull it off.
His gap dropped, but eventually it held steady around 20 seconds
On the final rise into the right-hand bend that introduced the last kilometer of racing, the peloton had the leader in its sights.
With 750 meters left, the peloton pushed past the intrepid German, led by SmartStop.
The sprint’s impetus came from a leadout by Hincapie Sportswear Development’s Tyler Magner. Elia Viviani (Cannondale) was tight on his wheel and made a decisive jump, not to be challenged as he rode to his first win at this year’s USA Pro Challenge.
“After these three stages … it’s very difficult with the altitude,” said Viviani. “The first stage we worked all day, and we got nothing. Today, we did the perfect tactic, and in the last lap made strong work for the first victory for Cannondale.
“This is the last race for Jens, but I think he is the same as a young rider, same as a first [year] pro rider. Always he [is] the dangerous man. … Every day he go to the breakaway and attack. I [am] proud for Jens.”
Martin Kohler (BMC) finished second, and Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) sprinted to third, a surprising result from a rider who rode to the same placing in Wednesday’s mountain stage.
The GC standings remained unchanged, with van Garderen holding his lead over Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Ben Hermans (BMC).
Friday’s stage 5 will take the riders on a 104-mile ride from Woodland Park to Breckenridge.
The post Viviani wins Pro Challenge stage 4, thwarting Voigt’s solo heroics appeared first on VeloNews.com.
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