The Tour de France 2013 starts this Saturday and here’s a little inspirational tale about cycling legend and hardman Jens Voigt who, at 41, starts his 17th Tour this weekend.
In the 2010 Tour, Voigt survived a scare on the mountainous stage 16, where he crashed heavily on the descent of the Col de Peyresourde, destroying his bike. After getting back up, he realized that all the team cars had passed and that he would not be handed a new bike. Desperate, he borrowed a bike much too small for him, from a children group’s car which was following the race. He rode on it for about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) before reaching a policeman who had another bicycle which had been left for him by his team.
Facts about Jens Voigt
- He has such good bike handling skills he can ride in the rain without getting wet.
If Jens Voigt was a planet, he’d be the World of Hurt