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"I absolutely did not start the season in the way I had hoped. The crash was the icing on the cake."


01.12.2014 @ 16:04 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

In 2014, Paul Voss made two important debuts. For the first time, the 28-year-old German lined up at the Tour de France and for the first time, he was selected by the German federation for the Road World Championships.



"These were two absolute highlights for me," Voss told Nevertheless, the NetApp-Endura professional would not talk about of a successful season because "my two heavy falls were very influential."


Voss is referring to his crash in Ghent-Wevelgem where he broke a finger and had to undergo surgery, and in the Tour where he suffered another broken ginger and a nasal fracture. However, he dug deep to finish the French grand tour. His goal of "not being a passenger at the Tour" had to be skipped due his injuries.


While Voss could at least celebrate the 7th place of his teammate Leopold König and a successful team performance in the Tour, the crash at Gent-Wevelgem completed the picture of a messy spring season.


"I absolutely did not start the season in the way I had hoped. The crash was the icing on the cake," said Voss who took his first top 10 result of the year in mid-May when he was 9th in stage 5 of the Tour of California. Later he was 7th in GP Kanton Aargau (1.HC) and fifth overall in the Arctic Race of Norway (2.1) after the Tour de France.


At the World Championships in late September, things didn't go according to plan for the debutant as Voss who sacrificed himself completely for captain John Degenkolb, had to abandon the road race in Ponferrada - on a course that suited his skills quite well. He also had to withdraw from Il Lombardia, the final race of his season.


Voss who is living in Girona and ready for his fifth season at Ralph Denk's team, still sees himself as a reliable domestique who will be able to assist his captains in the biggest races. Living in Girona Voss, who is already taking his fifth year in the racing team manager Ralph Denk in attack, continue to see as a reliable helper who will assist you in the big races his captains. "The big goal for 2015" is a second participation in the Tour de France, the all-rounder announced.



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