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Jens Voigt might have hung up the cleats, but he will remain with Trek Factory Racing as an advisor and coach for 2015.
The popular German retired at the end of 2014, setting a new world hour record as his parting shot to professional road racing. Now 43, Voigt will turn the page in his career with a new role at Trek.
“I’ll take on a new role in the team staff, and my new role involves a lot of things; coaching, and motivating young riders, helping out the youngsters, and directing at a few select races, once I have obtained my director’s certificate,” Voigt said in a team release.
Trek general manager Luca Guercilena said keeping Voigt as part of the team staff was the ideal next move for both the popular German and the team.
“We want to keep Jens’ heritage alive and tie it to the present team,” Guercilena said in a team release. “I’d love all of our riders to ride like Jens used to ride. He raced full-gas, and gave everything to the team, every race. Jens won a whole lot of races, but maybe he is more popular because of the races he didn’t win. … His attitude, motivation, and experience is something that we want to continue within our team.”
Voigt joined his former Trek teammates at a team camp along the Spanish coast this week, and will make his debut at next month’s Santos Tour Down Under in his new advisor role.
“It hurts seeing the boys go out for training in the morning, and leaving the ‘old man’ back at the hotel, but I am sure that this is the dream job after my active career on the bike,” Voigt said. “I’ve always raced with my heart, and left all I had on the road. I am super-happy to share my advice, and especially help the young riders to race like that in the future.”