Jens Voigt

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Jens Voigt Road cycling
Jens Voigt, 2007
Jens Voigt, 2007
To person
Date of birth 17th September 1971 (age 48)
nation GermanyGermany Germany
discipline Street
To the team
Current team Trek-Segafredo
function Consultant
Team (s)
Crédit Agricole
CSC-Saxo Bank
Saxo Bank
Team Leopard-Trek
RadioShack Leopard
Trek Factory Racing
Most important successes

Tour de France
two stages: 2001 , 2006
Giro d'Italia
one stage: 2008
Germany Tour
Yellow jersey overall ranking: 2006 , 2007
Critérium International
overall ranking: 1999, 2004, 2007 , 2008 , 2009
world hour record
51.115 km on September 18, 2014

Last updated: February 1, 2018
Jens Voigt during the 8th stage of the Tour de France 2005
Jens Voigt in the couple time trial in Bühl 2006
Jens Voigt at the Entega Grand Prix 2007 in Lorsch
Jens Voigt shortly before the start of a race
German championship 2005
Sparkasse Giro 2006 in Bochum

Jens Voigt (born September 17, 1971 in Grevesmühlen , Rostock district , GDR ) is a former German cyclist . After his active career, he worked as a television commentator for cycling races and as a consultant for cycling teams .

Athletic career

Sporting development

Jens Voigt grew up in Dassow . He began his competitive sports career at TSC Berlin . Voigt was one of the most popular professional cyclists due to his aggressive riding style. Among other things, his “fresh and aggressive driving style” was praised. From 2005 to 2007, he was voted by readers of trade magazine cycling for cyclists of the year selected.

After Voigt won the Peace Ride as an amateur in 1994 , he became a professional in 1997 with the Australian cycling team ZVVZ-GIANT-AIS . In 1998 he switched to the French team GAN and competed with them on his first Tour de France .

Voigt's greatest successes include his five overall victories in 1999, 2004 and 2007 to 2009 in the two-day stage race Critérium International , his two successes in the Deutschland Tour in 2006 and 2007 and in the Tour of Poland in 2008. At Liège – Bastogne – Liège in 2005 he achieved his best position in a cycling classic and was only beaten in the two-man sprint by Alexander Vinokurow , with whom he had attacked over the last 54 kilometers.

In 2014, after his 17th participation in the Tour de France , the now 42-year-old Voigt announced his retirement at the end of the season. He ended his street career after the USA Pro Challenge in August.

On September 18, 2014, he exceeded the nine-year-old hour record of the Czech Ondřej Sosenka over 49.700 kilometers in the Velodrome Suisse with 51.115 kilometers. Only six weeks later this world record was improved by another 737 meters by Austrian Matthias Brändle . Voigt canceled a start originally planned for January 2015 at the Berlin six-day race .

Tour de France

Jens Voigt became known to a wider public through his achievements in the Tour de France , in which he started every year from 1998 to 2014 and which he finished 14 times until 2014. By 2018 he was a record participant of the tour with his 17 participations together with George Hincapie (USA) and Stuart O'Grady (Australia). In 2018 this record was broken by Sylvain Chavanel .

Voigt finished his Tour de France debut in 1998 in 83rd place overall and wore the polka dot jersey for one day . At the 2001 Tour de France he wore the yellow jersey for one day after finishing second behind Laurent Jalabert in the seventh stage through the Vosges . In the 16th stage through the French Massif Central , Voigt finally achieved his first stage victory after a long escape, which, unlike in previous years, he completed successfully.

In 2004 Voigt competed in the Tour de France for the first time for the Danish team CSC . During the mountain time trial to L'Alpe d'Huez , he was insulted by some German fans because he had dropped back from the leading group the day before to parry an attack by Jan Ullrich for his captain Ivan Basso . He blamed the comments made by the then ARD sports director Hagen Boßdorf for the heated atmosphere.

On the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2005 from Gérardmer to Mulhouse , Voigt was able to become third in the stage after an escape over 150 km and took over the yellow jersey for one day. After the eleventh stage from Courchevel to Briançon , however, he had to end the race after, weakened by fever, he exceeded the prescribed time limit by a few seconds.

At the Tour de France 2006 , Jens Voigt won the 13th stage from Béziers to Montélimar from what was originally a five-man breakaway group . The stage was very hot and the peloton was 29:57 minutes behind.

The following year, during the Tour de France 2007 , Voigt compared ARD and ZDF with the GDR regime after they had decided to boycott reporting during the tour after another doping case became known . ARD and ZDF wanted to patronize the people, so his criticism.

On the 16th stage of the Tour de France 2009, Voigt fell 30 km before the stage finish in the last descent from the Little Saint Bernard in the direction of Bourg-Saint-Maurice as a result of a change of surface on the road and suffered a fracture of the cheekbone , a concussion and a broken jaw to.

On his last Tour de France in 2014 , he wore the polka dot jersey for one stage and finished 108th in the overall standings.


In 2007 Voigt was the spokesman for the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA).

In 2006 he was voted Berlin's Sportsman of the Year .

Discussion about doping

Although several drivers from Voigt's Team CSC were convicted of doping for years, Voigt stated that he had never noticed anything about doping in the team.
The former American professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton accused Voigt in the fall of 2012 of stabbing him in the back during doping education and said Voigt's statement was the most ridiculous thing he had read in his life.

After a career as an active athlete

After saying goodbye to active cycling, he first became a consultant in his Trek Factory Racing team and later became a brand ambassador for the bike manufacturer. He is also a TV commentator on the Tour de France for the US broadcaster NBC .

At the beginning of January 2017, Voigt completed a charity trip on the Teufelsberg in Berlin for the benefit of cancer patients and climbed 8,848 meters in altitude . At times he was accompanied by several hundred amateur cyclists. More than 25,000 euros in donations were collected.


Jens Voigt lives in Berlin with his wife and their six children .






















Grand Tour placements

Grand Tour 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - - - - - - - - 37 - 53 48 - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France 83 60 60 46 110 DNF 35 DNF 68 28 37 DNF 126 67 52 67 108
Red jersey Vuelta a España - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.


  • Jens Voigt: You have to fight. Don't give up - learn to win . Moby Dick Verlag, Kiel 2007, ISBN 978-3-7688-5246-3 .

Web links

Commons : Jens Voigt  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jens from the dump. In: Rheinische Post Online , June 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Rad Sport Kontakt GmbH (ed.): Rad-Bundesliga 1993 . Frankfurt am Main 1993, p. 12 .
  3. cf. only: Featured rider: Jens Voigt on ( memento from November 13, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) accessed on February 5, 2014
  4. Ralf Schröder: Lexicon cycling . Göttingen 2005, p. 397
  5. from April 24, 2005: Vinokurow redeems T-Mobile - Voigt second
  6. Jens Voigt is racing for a world hour record. Der Tagesspiegel , September 4, 2014, accessed on September 10, 2014 .
  7. Jens Voigt sets a new hourly world record., September 18, 2014, accessed September 18, 2014 .
  8. Jens Voigt: In the tour record in the mountain jersey. Norddeutscher Rundfunk , July 5, 2013, archived from the original on July 7, 2014 ; Retrieved July 9, 2014 .
  9. from July 25, 2001: Finally a stage win: Jens Voigt at the goal of his dreams
  10. of May 17, 2005: "That was a witch hunt"
  11. of July 10, 2005: Jens Voigt in the yellow jersey
  12. from July 14, 2005: Jens Voigt resigns ( Memento from February 21, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  13. from July 15, 2006: Jens Voigt wins stage to Montelimar
  14. of July 19, 2007: Voigt compares ARD and ZDF with the GDR regime
  15. of July 21, 2009: Tour de France - Concussion and fracture in Voigt
  16. of August 20, 2007: Jens Voigt and the rosy world of a winner
  17. Prohibited Practices in the CSC Team ,, November 5, 2012
  18. Voigt becomes a consultant for the Trek team., December 10, 2014, accessed December 10, 2014 .
  20. Voigt's charity trip takes longer than 24 hours. In: January 3, 2017, accessed January 4, 2017 .
  21. Ex-professional cyclist Jens Voigt in Berlin - Up and down on the Teufelsberg for 25,000 euros (January 3, 2017)