Despite his horrific crash during this year’s Tour de France, there’s no stopping the irrepressible Jens Voigt.
Without suffering any permanent damage in his high-speed fall coming off the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard in the Tour’s stage 16, Voigt has accepted a one-year contract extension that will keep him a Saxo Bank jersey into the 2010 season.
“It’s a pleasure to sign the contract for another year with Jens. He has a magnificent important role to play on our team with his unstoppable will power and endurance. He is in many ways a role model for both the young and experienced riders,” said Saxo Bank boss Bjarne Riis in a team release Wednesday. “I believe he will return to the peloton with the strength he had before his crash and we are delighted that he wants to be a part of Team Saxo Bank for another year.”
Voigt, 37, is currently recovering from his crash, which left him with a fractured cheek bone and a concussion. He is hoping to make his return to competition at the Tour of Missouri next month.
“I am honored to be offered a contract for another year and I definitely want to prove that I’m back well and alive to do what I still think I can do,” Voigt said in a press release. “Team Saxo Bank is the Barcelona or Real Madrid of the world of cycling and I don’t want to degrade myself to a lower standard.
“I’m grateful to know that Bjarne still thinks I’m good enough to compete at this level. Another thing is that I like the riders and the staff I’m working with on the team. Here, I’ve seen the young generation with the Schleck-brothers and Matti Breschel developing into world class riders and I’m looking forward to another year of racing with them and the rest of Team Saxo Bank.”