Fan favourite Jens Voigt will let his legs do the talking at the Amgen Tour of California on a signature painted bike provided by RadioShack-Nissan team sponsor Trek.
He came back with the standard stuff, 64 pro wins, 15 years as a pro, 35 wins as an amateur but what was really unique, and this just speaks to who Jens is, was that he included things like, 100 crashes, 11 broken bones, 25 screws or pins and 1300 kg of pasta eaten.
The "Shut up Legs" paint scheme pays homage to one of cycling’s toughest competitors and references one of the more popular post-race quotations attributed to the German.
Along with the famous quote printed along the top of the top tube a weathered wolf’s head is emblazoned on the seat and head tubes.
The bike also incorporates statistics from Voigt’s long career as a professional, with the numbers hidden inside the fork legs and within the downtube logo.
“I was thrilled when Trek said they wanted to do a bike for me,” said Voigt. "We went back and forth about the theme and I talked a lot about the way I approach racing and going for the attack and we came up with this really cool wolf theme. It’s pretty aggressive but I feel like it fits."
"We wanted to incorporate some of the accomplishments of his huge career so we asked Jens to talk about his career and to list some interesting statistics from his years on a bike,” said Trek Vice-President Joe Vadeboncoeur.
"He came back with the standard stuff, 64 pro wins, 15 years as a pro, 35 wins as an amateur but what was really unique, and this just speaks to who Jens is, was that he included things like, 100 crashes, 11 broken bones, 25 screws or pins and 1300 kg of pasta eaten. It was an amazing list that he had kept and we've incorporated all of it into the details of the bike."
Voigt’s bike is the latest edition in a line of rider-inspired paint schemes crafted by Trek’s in-house Creative Design Studio. Last year during the 2011 Tour de France, Trek unveiled limited edition paint schemes for Frank and Andy Schleck as well as the popular 'Spartacus' bike for Swiss powerhouse, Fabian Cancellara.
The 2012 Amgen Tour of California begins Monday morning and SBS will be broadcasting every stage live on SBS TWO and streaming online here at Cycling Central.