Farewell Jens

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From Monday the eighteenth through Sunday the twenty-fourth, the USA Pro Challenge has been speeding through Colorado.

 

From Monday the eighteenth through Sunday the twenty-fourth, the USA Pro Challenge has been speeding through Colorado.

 

The USA Pro Challenge is a road bicycle race that takes place in Colorado and is raced by some of the most famous cyclists from the Tour de France and all around the world.

 

Day after day, colorful crowds have lined the roads to watch the blurs of the cyclist whizz by. Smiles, wide eyes, clapping, laughter, and cheering were all present as this grand event has taken place.

 

Many agree that it is remarkable how quickly everything goes.

 

Marian Livermore, a local watching the final stage of the race on Sunday, said, “Those cyclists don’t bike, they fly!”

 

How right she is. Those racers were riding about 30 miles an hour, especially the breakaway group.

 

The breakaway is a small group that breaks away from the main group, or peloton, to attempt a stage win.

 

For one of the riders in Sunday’s breakaway, however, the exhilaration was bittersweet.

 

One thing this rider is famous for his exciting and vicious breakaway attempts. His view on breakaways is that “If you go, you can either win or not win. If you don’t go for it, you definitely won’t win.”

 

His name? Jens Voigt. And Sunday was his last day as a pro cyclist.

 

His pro cycling career began in 1997 and, ending in 2014, totals at 17 years.

 

Throughout his career, he has won overall in several stage races and has won stages in Grand Tours such as the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.

 

Between Jens Voigt's cycling finale, the number of famous cyclists riding, and the overall grandeur of the entire race, the USA Pro Challenge has been quite the spectacle.

 

But it’s only fair that through this spectacle, this message was portrayed: farewell, Jens.