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Voigt's Christmas

By Susan Westemeyer

Jens Voigt trains and trains and trains - no matter where he is. He just finished a training camp in South Africa with his Team CSC, under hot conditions. Home again in Berlin, he jumped directly on his bike to make his training rounds in the cold and wet. "I need the kilometres, and when you're dressed right, you don't catch a cold," he told press agency sid.

He didn't spend all his time in South Africa training, though. On the last day he went shopping. "I bought Christmas presents for my kids, shark's teeth necklaces and soft stuffed animals, like they don't have in Germany."

In fact, he had to buy an extra suitcase to bring everything home. "Otherwise Santa Claus wouldn't have had anything to distribute on Christmas Eve." The family's biggest present wasn't quite finished, and wouldn't have fit under the tree, anyway: they have built a house in Berliner Gruenerwald and hope to move in next month.

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