During last years Tour de France Jens Voigt had a horrible crash that had many wondering whether he will come back and race again or just retire. Voigt is now just looking ahead to the 2010 racing season.
Voigt, the 38-year-old, who suffered a broken cheekbone and a concussion when he fell in the descent from the Col du Petit St Bernard last July, snatched the Paris-Nice yellow jersey after the third stage.
So far the journey has not been very easy for the experienced Saxo Bank rider.
“At the Tour Down Under, I was not in good shape,” Voigt said.
“I then went to training in Mallorca with the Schleck brothers (Andy and Frank) and took part in the Trophy of Mallorca.”
Voigt showed he was back to business when he took fourth place overall in the Ruta del Sol and on Wednesday, he was not far from winning the third stage of Paris-Nice.
“After the last climb, I was really on the edge. Alberto (Contador) wanted me to help him in the final kilometres but I was really exhausted,” said Voigt, the oldest rider in the race.
The German was fourth in a stage won by Slovakia’s Peter Sagan, who at 20 is the youngest man in the field.
“He could be my son,” said Voigt.
“Really, I think they should have a distinctive grey jersey for riders over 35.”
Retirement is now looming for Voigt but the German wants to ride the Champs Elysees on his bike once more before leaving the peloton.
“I do not want to leave it after that stupid crash,” he said.
“I want to see the Champs Elysees, say thank you and goodbye to the Tour de France.”