Sunday, March 30, 2008
Jens Voigt Wins Criterium International
This year's edition of Criterium International turned out great for Team CSC, when the race ended this Sunday afternoon with Jens Voigt and Gustav Larsson in the two top spots after the Swedish rider took a third place in the final stage, which was won by Edvald Boasson Hagen (High Road.)
"It was just perfect. We knew that as the situation was Gustav had a realistic chance of pulling it off as one of the best time trial riders out of those, who were a minute and a half behind Jens. But one thing is having a chance another is to actually grab it," said an excited Kim Andersen from the Team CSC camp.
"Jens was very calm about the whole thing – almost too calm – but he didn't wanna risk his victory over a crash so it made sense," concluded Kim Andersen.
This was the fifth year running that the race was won by Team CSC and Jens Voigt climbed the podium as number one for the fourth time in his career. Voigt has won the race in 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2008. This makes him the most winning rider since 1979, when the race was opened up to non-French riders. Raymond Poulidor won five times before that when the race was pure French.