Jens Voigt is hoping to ride in the Tour de France for the last time before he retires from cycling.
Voigt will stop racing at the end of the season but wants to continue to ride to the best of his abilities as his Tour de France place is not yet secured.
The 42-year-old, who is currently riding in the Criterium du Dauphine, has admitted he isn't sure whether he will be selected for the prestigious event as there are many riders in the Trek Factory Racing team who are battling for a place.
Voigt believes he isn't performing as well as he could be but being a part of the Tour for the last time would be an honour.
According to Cycling News, Voigt said: If you do the Tour you want to it in good condition. You want to be part of the team and want to be able to do the work and bring the performance that the team expects of you.
"At the moment I’m not so sure if I have it. As much as I hate to say it I wish I could be ten per cent stronger.
“The Tour has a pretty intense start. The second stage, even after that a few guys will say goodbye to their GC plans. Then there’s the Roubaix stage so you can only go to the Tour if you’re 100 per cent healthy and ready.
"As far as I see it we have seven or eight riders for the final five places and we’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. Until then we keep racing and keep our fingers crossed.
“It would be an honour to be selected. It’s not just a race but an adventure and to be part of it one more time, I would be proud.”
It is believed that the Trek Factory Racing nine-man team hasn't been selected yet and with the squad riding in the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de Suisse, selection may be chosen due to performances in these events.
Voigt knows that competition for places is fierce but admits some riders will definitely be going to the Tour.
“These are just my personal thoughts but we have two who are sure in [Fabian] Cancellara and Fränk Schleck.
"Then we have two others who are very sure in Matthew Busche and Haimar Zubeldia and then I think we have seven guys for five places. That’s just my thoughts."
The German cyclist has had a very long and successful cycling career and some of his major wins include winning three stages of the Tour de France (including one team time trial), a stage of the Giro d'Italia and winning the Criterium International five times.
Voigt will hope he can end his career with one more Tour de France under his belt but will a lot of competition from his team-mates he will have to ride well in the Criterium du Dauphine if he is going to make the team.
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