On why Australian cyclists are big fans of Jens:
Voigt: "I guess people down there like my accent a bit. Every now and then I give a funny comment where they just have to laugh. And also I think that they like that I am not an empty facade. They see what they get and they get what they see. There's no faking or no pretending. When I race hard and when I win it is because I actually did work the most and when I don’t win it is because I just wasn't good enough. I do not complain that other people were better and I think that is the reason why they like me. I am just a simple down to earth honest hard working person.
Of course I am blessed with a little bit of talent, but I actually do work hard for it and I think that is what the people appreciate and what they like; at least I hope that. Maybe they just think I am a pretty face. "
On radio free days:
Voigt: "When the organisers complain, when the TV complains: change the stages. Stop making stupid 220 km stages, flat and in one direction. Of course you are going to have the same scenario every single day. And then you have that for one whole week to go from the Atlantic coast of France along the channel down before you hit the Alps, of course you are going to have the same outcome every day. Change that; don't make us responsible for it."
On his prospects for riding in the 2011 Tour de France
Voigt: "…definitely it is not getting easier with the age. Of course if you’re an old person, the young people don't step back and offer you a place. They go 'Look Jens, I like you but hey, I also want to go to the Tour'. That’s fair enough, I was the same when I was younger, that's how it should be."
On Doping and the current system
Voigt: "If you stand still, the cheaters try to develop; they try to go further and try to find new ways around the system. The system constantly has to be updated to make it more precise and accurate to catch them; that’s what we want."
On Penalties for doping
Voigt: “If you are driving your car too fast: penalty. If you hit someone on the train in a fight: penalty. That's what people understand. There is the action and it has consequences. Sometimes it may look in some cases that there was an action and there are no other consequences. Why is that? That's no good. It doesn't give any of us a good image. I don't understand and I don't like that.”[http://www.bicycles.net.au/Road-Cycling-News-and-Articles.62.0.html?&cHash=e53e9a98ae&tx_cmarticle_pi1[singleID]=1050|Click here to read Jens Voigt Interview Part 1|target=_blank]
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