This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) is without doubt one of the most popular men in the peloton and even at the age of 41 with 17 professional seasons under his belt, he still only says he's "very, very probably" retiring after 2013. While never as outwardly ostentatious as some other cycling superstars, the affable German was still well aware of his role as an "entertainer", putting on a show at the People's Choice Classic before the start of the Santos Tour Down Under.
The end of such an illustrious career would seem the perfect justification for a wild, commemorative paint job from the team's bike sponsor, Trek, but at least for now – we're certainly keeping our eyes open later in the year – Voigt is on his standard team-issue Madone 7-Series, albeit with a big decal on the top tube celebrating his time in the sport.
Among the impressive statistics are an estimated 805,000km ridden, 64 wins, 11 broken bones, and 25 screws – and that's only as of the end of last season, before Voigt's birthday in September.
While perhaps lacking in flair, Voigt's latest Madone is nonetheless equipped with the company's latest arsenal of technology, most notably the "Kammtail" truncated airfoil tube shaping throughout that supposedly reduces aerodynamic drag to the tune of 25 watts of rider effort at 40km/h (or two minutes per hour) relative to the old Madone, according to Trek.
Trek also made a radical change in braking with both ends adopting Shimano's new Direct Mount dual-pivot mounting standard. The rear caliper has moved beneath the chain stays, just behind the bottom bracket, which then leaves the seat stays strikingly bare – and bridgeless – for what Trek says is a more comfortable ride than before.
Otherwise, the usual Madone hallmarks remain, including the 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered head tube, the extra-wide BB90 bottom bracket shell with press-fit bearings, and the integrated seatmast custom made for the team with a bonded-on number plate holder. Although we've seen RadioShack-Leopard team bikes equipped with stouter stainless steel derailleur hangers in the past, Voigt's bike at the Tour Down Under was fitted with a standard aluminum unit.
The build kit is very straightforward with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group – albeit the older version as was the case with nearly every Shimano-sponsored rider we've seen so far – SRM power meter, and a full complement of Bontrager gear including the Aeolus 5 carbon tubular wheels, the molded carbon fiber Race XXX Lite stem, the Team Issue saddle, and a set of aluminum anatomic-bend RL handlebars – positioned nearly 14cm of drop below the saddle with the lever hoods a couple of centimeters further down.
Capping things off are a Cane Creek 110 integrated headset, Speedplay Zero Stainless pedals, and Schwalbe Ultremo HT tires in a new-school 25mm width.
Total weight as pictured is 7.68kg (16.93lb).