Jens Voigt, one of the most popular men in the peloton, has renewed his contract with RadioShack Nissan Trek to race for the team until the end of 2013.
When I told the boys, they were laughing that I said 'one more year' a year ago as well, but we'll see what the future brings. I'm almost 41 now, but I feel I can still be an asset to the team, so that's why I continue.
The 40-year-old father of six announced his decision moments before the start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Durango, Colorado.
"I'm very happy to confirm that I will stay with the team for another year," said Voigt.
"I have been a loyal rider throughout my career and I'm proud that I will be able to continue to share my experience with the boys and help them win."
Voigt is well known for his impressive attacks and memorable quotes, such as the "shut up, legs."
The German veteran believes that he still has things to offer the RadioShack-Nissan team.
"I had good offers from two other teams, but I'm pleased to stay where I am. I really wanted to ride for one more year and I'm convinced this is the right decision for me. When I told the boys, they were laughing that I said 'one more year' a year ago as well, but we'll see what the future brings. I'm almost 41 now, but I feel I can still be an asset to the team, so that's why I continue."
"I hope we can finish this season on a nice note and I'm already looking forward to next year."
"I'm convinced that we didn't get the most of this season, for a variety of reasons. We will learn from this season, as we always do at the end of a season and we will work even harder to be stronger."
Team Director Johan Bruyneel was rapt with the renewal.
"This is very good news for our team. Jens is of great importance for us and I'm glad and proud that he wants to stay with us. He's the perfect road captain. He proved that in the Tour de France this year, possibly his strongest Tour ever. Also the fact that several other teams were ready to sign him proves his value. Jens is really a school book example of a professional rider," said Bruyneel.