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One More Round, With RadioShack
August 29th, 2012
By Jens Voigt

Here I am, back home in Berlin. It’s 3:09 a.m. My eyes are wide open. I’m totally jet-lagged after my return from the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. So what better than to come downstairs and write a few words to catch up with everyone at Bicycling.

Now some of you may be wondering why I signed on for another year of racing. After all, I’ll be 41 in just a matter of days. And as many of you know I started this season saying that this might well be my last season. And actually for much of spring, I was pretty much thinking that it would be just that.

OK, I started out well enough, and even got second place in a stage of Paris-Nice, but I really struggled in the spring Classics.

But when I got selected for the Tour de France team I really put pressure on myself to show that I still deserved to be in the Tour. And I got my chance to do just that when my teammate Fabian Cancellara won the prologue and took the yellow jersey.

From that point on, and for days to come, my teammate Yaroslav Popovych and I spent most of the time on the front of the pack to keep things under control and keep Fabian in yellow.

Then, later in the Tour, I got my own chance to show myself for a day or two. But it was really in Paris, when I broke away on the Champs-Élysées, that I realized again how much I love and enjoy this sport, and that I just wasn’t ready to hang the bike up forever just yet.

I made up my mind and decided to stay another year in cycling. But that brought on another question—that of what team I would ride for because I had three good offers (one from Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, one from Sky, and one from my current team, RadioShack).

So, what made me stay with my team RadioShack-Nissan? Well, first of all, I never was a head person, never a calculating and analyzing guy. You know me: I go more on my belly’s feelings and emotions, and that brought me to my decision to stay right here.

I really see the beauty in our team. I see the potential that we have. I do see that we are working really great together when we are on the road all over the world. I do see the melting of all these different nationalities and characters into one team. I do see how we became a cool squad and getting some wins we deserve. Basically, I see the dawning of a really great team here.

But I’m not blind. I’m not going to ignore some obvious facts. I see the team’s infighting carried out in the press. We need to improve our communication. I do see that we are far from our full potential, and personally I should have had a better spring campaign this year. I see room for improvement.

But that is the beauty of the challenge! I can see the process starting to turn around and I want to be part of it. I want to be part making of a great cycling team, and then maybe I can finally retire next year knowing that I was there when this cool team started all over again and that I lent a helping.

Plus, there is my friend Andy Schleck who’s still trying to come back from his crash in June. And we are still waiting for the outcome in the case with Franky, too. And then there is Fabian Cancellara, who broke his collarbone in the Tour of Flanders and then worked so hard to come back for the team in the Tour de France and saved our asses.

I mean, come on, folks—did anybody seriously think I could just run away from these guys that have been my friends for six, seven, or eight years now? How could I leave them after a complicated or difficult year? How could I leave them behind?


I want to see Andy get back to his normal classy self and I want him to enjoy riding his bike again. And I want Franky to know that I am here for him whatever the future brings. And I want Fabian to be Spartacus again, intimidating the competition by simply being himself. I want to be there when he is killing everybody on the cobbles and in the time trials again.


So there is a lot of unfinished business for me—or better to say, unfinished business in supporting my friends. Then I will try to look for results for myself.


But hey, have I ever taken the easy option? I never went for the simple way in cycling, or in life. I never changed teams for an extra 25 bucks. I feel my future is here, my loyalty is here, and my great friends are here. So I didn’t want to run away. I wanted to face the challenge and I am ready to take some responsibility and pressure and even some of the leadership, trying not only to help my friends but also some of our young kids like Ben King, George Bennett, Nelson Oliveira, or our new super kid, Giacomo Nizzolo.

And I simply couldn’t walk out and leave my friend Chris Horner to be the oldest guy on the team!

So, here I am, ready to race for you and RadioShack for another year.






"his normal classy self"は、どう言うのがいいのか、判りません。


"his normal classy self"についてですが、classyは口語表現では「イキな」とか「イケてる」という意味なので、「いつもの陽気な彼」とか「今までどおりの強い彼」とか、そんな感じでしょうか

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2012/08/31 22:38URL  RIHO #-[ 編集]


ただ、ファイクトの「I want him to enjoy riding his bike again」という文面の「enjoy」という言葉に着目して、「enjoy」できる「精神」状態なって欲しいという希望を読み取りました。


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2012/09/01 22:31URL  RIHO #-[ 編集]