Voigt says he’ll race in 2014, and then retire

The 41-year-old German says he'll "slowly say good bye" next season

Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) will continue to race next season before retiring at the end of the year, the German announced via Twitter late Thursday after finishing the third stage at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

“No No- no retirement yet!! I will happily ride that new bike a whole new saison next year- Down Under, Europe, Asia and again Amerika….,” the 41-year-old wrote.

Voigt’s series of Tweets regarding his future in the peloton began when he hinted at receiving a new bike for the USA Pro Challenge, which starts August 19.

“Did i ever mention that there is high possibility that i might race in @USAProChallenge on a brandnew different paintscheme bike??!” he wrote.

A few minutes later, Voigt expanded on the subject: “Of course i cannot say too much or spoil the surprise of the new design, but it will be very personal, almost like a good bye present…”

That was followed with the above Tweet that confirmed he will race next season. Voigt ended the string of updates by saying, “It will take me all of next year to slowly say good bye and get my mind around the fact that i will retire end of next year… But not yet!!”

Voigt first turned professional in 1997 and has raced on four teams. His resume includes two individual stage wins at the Tour de France and one at the Giro d’Italia, along with a number of stage race victories: Critérium International (five wins), Bayern-Rundfahrt (two), Deutschland Tour (two), and one victory each at the Tour of Poland and Tour Méditerranéen.

Voigt also has four major one-day race triumphs on his resume: Duo Normand (two wins), Grand Prix des Nations (one), and Paris-Bourges (one).

In addition to overall wins, Voigt has numerous individual stage victories to his name.

Voigt, who has ridden in 16 straight Tours de France, is currently 65th at the Tour of Utah, 13:38 behind overall leader Lachlan Morton (Garmin-Sharp) with three days of racing left.