Leadership insight from one of cycling’s greats:
Men’s Health: What’s it like giving up the spotlight to help bring up the next generation?
Jens Voigt: I hate to admit it, but I’m an older rider. I don’t like that fact. But I think a career should be a circle, equal between taking and giving. You come in young, let people help you, support you. Then you come to the higher part of circle, and it’s “I want to win, I want to win” and you use all of the resources to make it happen. When you close the circle, it’s your time to give back and keep the balance. I have experience I’ve paid for with blood, sweat, and tears. It would be just stupid not to pass it on and keep it for myself. I help younger kids by guiding them a bit, and physically, I try to help the boys on top.