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For the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, Trek puts the always popular Jens Voigt on a custom Madone adorned with many of his funny sayings. Although the quotes like “Shut up legs!” came straight from the affable German’s mouth, the graphics came from Trek’s Creative Design Studio and the Trek Race Shop.
“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.”
Perhaps more interesting than the wolf graphic are some of the statistics from Voigt’s long career as a professional cyclist, with the numbers painted inside the fork legs, inside the chainstays and within the down tube logo.
“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 VP 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, 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 Fabian Cancellara. Voigt’s past teammate Levi Leipheimer and current teammate Chris Horner have also ridden custom ATOC-themed bikes for past editions of the race.