Voigt abused by German fans

Lance felt the abuse he received from fans was bad, but it was nothing compared to the disgraceful t

Lance felt the abuse he received from fans was bad, but it was nothing compared to the disgraceful t
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE For CSC rider Jens Voigt the ride up the Alpe d'Huez turned into a living nightmare. Not because he was going badly, but because of all the abuse he had to take from Jan Ullrich fans shouting "Judas" at him, writes Susanne Horsdal. On Tuesday's stage to Villard de Lans, the German rider was ordered to work hard at the front of the Lance Armstrong/Ivan Basso group. Voigt did his job dutifully, and effectively neutralised Ullrich's attack. That act didn't go down well with a large group of the German spectator's amongst the million-strong turn-out on Alpe d'Huez. In his diary on sport1.de, Voigt explains the terrible experience he had and how much it hurt him. "Today was anything but a nice stage for me - the thorn of disappointment is sitting deep. I have nothing positive to say about the myth of Alpe d'Huez and the many enthusiastic spectators. The Jan Ullrich fans who don't understand that I was chasing him in the service of my team captain Ivan Basso on stage 15 were shouting insults of the worst kind at me. All the way up the mountain people were booing at me and showing Judas-posters the size of bedsheets with my name on it. "The only good thing was that people didn't push me off the bike. Furious people were running next to me - at times you only go at 15kph. You can't defend yourself against something like that. Today I felt like I was in a witch-hunt," writes Voigt. The CSC rider also uses the opportunity to refute the television reports following stage 15 in which he has apparently been accused of indirectly helping Armstrong to a sixth title and of riding against Ullrich. "But I haven't done anything wrong. I followed orders from my boss and helped my team captain. My full loyalty lies with my team. (.) Unfortunately, Ullrich doesn't ride in my team, therefore I can't show him consideration. My heart was bleeding too, but what can I do? The shouts of 'Judas' hit me especially hard. They were tearing my heart apart. This same 'Judas' helped Ullrich win the Olympic gold in 2000 - back then HE was my captain," concludes Voigt.
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