Voigt not optimistic

Voigt winning Tour de France Stage 13

Voigt winning Tour de France Stage 13 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Jens Voigt isn't terribly optimistic about cycling and doping. "Anyone who asks whether 2007 will be better is doing a lot of hoping," he said in an interview with the German press agency dpa. "Whoever didn't get the wake-up call after everything that happened last year is probably not capable of being helped."

Because of the general suspicions of riders who do well, he did not even really celebrate his victory in the Deutschland Tour last year. "Instead of saying, I am the best," he celebrated quietly.

He noted that he hast already been tested twice this year, both times a combined blood and urine test. Once was at the team's training camp in South Africa, the other time at his home in Berlin. "Anything that leads to an improvement of our image is good. We have to be ready to go a step further than other sports -- even if it were better, when we didn't have a reason to."

Voigt doesn't think that fellow German rider Jan Ullrich has good chances for a comeback. "That will be hard for Ulle. He has no license, no team and -- as far as I know -- two non-sports-related investigations of him."

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