“Who can say that he did 20 kilometers in the Tour de France on a children’s bike? Who can say he was flown off by helicopter [after a bad crash] and came back 12 weeks later for the next race? Who has six children (yes, SIX)?

Indeed my career was a roller coaster ride in many ways. But I enjoyed and loved every moment of it. Especially off the front, alone in the wind, suffering like there was no tomorrow. These were the moments when I said to myself a thousand times: “SHUT UP LEGS, please shut up and do what I tell you!”

I didn’t know back then that this would be the origination of a special phrase that would be used all over the world. You guys out there turned it into a slogan that would inspire others or yourself, by painting it on the roads, shouting it out loud to yourself or the the passing peloton or by tattooing (!!) it onto your bodies!

Thanks to all of my fans – the support all of these years has been incredible! You are simply amazing!”