Thomas Voeckler was the star of the 2011 Tour de France, riding his yellow Colnago C59 Italia bike as he defended the race leader’s jersey for ten day. This year the Frenchman is in another fight as he tries to overcome a knee injury that has also cost him a place in the French team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Voeckler is a fighter and has no plans to give up just yet but has been forced to change his hopes and ambitions for this year’s Tour de France. While his teammates have gone on the attack virtually every day and Pierre Rolland remains an overall contender, Voeckler has been happy to finish each stage.
“My knee problem has affected my Tour de France. I was unable to ride my bike for 12 out of 22 days before the Tour de France. That’s a lot and has affected my form,” he told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“Fortunately it’s not getting any worse and so I’ll take things one day at a time. I shouldn’t feel too sorry for myself, there are guys who are all smashed up after crashes. I don’t want to abandon the race but I have to be reasonable. Last year, Christophe Kern wanted to keep riding and it cost him several months of the season.”
“I won’t be a tourist, that’s for sure. I don’t like to give up on my goals but sometimes you don’t have a choice. At Team Europcar we’ll work for Pierre Rolland. I’ll see how I feel later in the race and see if I can do something.”
Like all of France and around the world, we can only say one thing: Allez Thomas!