Jens Voigt will ride a chrome Trek Madone 7-Series at the USA Pro Challenge – the final race of the German’s 17-year career.
The 42-year-old, who this year rode the Tour de France for a record-equaling 17th time, having started the race in every year of a professional career which started in 1998, will bow out of the sport at the eight-stage race, which starts in Aspen today (Monday August 18) and finishes in Denver on Sunday (August 24).
And Trek have presented Voigt with a custom machine for his swansong, with matching Bontrager shoes and helmet. Voigt’s one-off bike includes a graphic on the top-tube which pays tribute to key moments in the Trek Factory Racing rider’s career, as well as the teams he has ridden for and his family (his wife Stephanie, their six children, and their dog Linda).
Voigt has become a fans’ favourite for his attacking style and never-say-die attitude to racing, and the downtube of the three-time Tour de France stage winner’s bike also includes “a running tally of the number of souls Voigt has crushed in his career of attacking, though the number is a conservative estimate”, according to Trek.