Georg Totschnig

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Georg Totschnig
Georg Totschnig 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full name Georg Totschnig
Born (1971-05-25) May 25, 1971 (age 43)
Kaltenbach, Austria
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997–2000
2001–2006
Lampre - Polti
Polti
Polti - Granarolo - Santini
Polti
Deutsche Telekom
Gerolsteiner
Major wins

Tour de France, 1 stage
Tour of Austria (2000)
Austria National Champion (1997, 2003)
Austria National Time-Trial Champion

(1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004)
Infobox last updated on
August 12, 2008

Georg Totschnig (born May 25, 1971) is an Austrian former road bicycle racer who raced professionally between 1993 and 2006.

Career[edit]

In 1989, Totschnig became the Junior Austrian National Time Trial Champion. He turned professional with the Italian Lampre - Polti team in 1993, remaining with the team in 1994 when Polti became the main sponsor for the first time. Totschnig rode for the German Deutsche Telekom team from 1997 to 2000, before joining his final team, Gerolsteiner, in 2001.

In the 2005 Tour de France stage 14, he was in the breakaway which ultimately led to his victory. Having split open the breakaway group on the penultimate climb of the day from fellow breakaway companions Stefano Garzelli and Walter Bénéteau, he was able to hold on to his first place to second placed Lance Armstrong on the final climb to Ax 3 Domaines, winning by 56 seconds. He was the first Austrian to win a stage in the Tour de France since Max Bulla in 1931.[1][2]

He was voted Austrian Sportsman of the year in 2005.[3] Totschnig was surprised to win the accolade, as he had not expected to win more votes than the skier Benjamin Raich.[4]

Totschnig's younger brother, Harald Totschnig is also a professional cyclist.

Results[edit]

1989

Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion - Junior

1993

First year as a professional.

1994
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1995
9th overall – Giro d'Italia
1996
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
6th overall – Vuelta a España
1997
Austria Austrian National Road Race Champion
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
1998
2nd overall – Volta a Catalunya
1999
2nd overall – Tour of Austria (Österreich Rundfahrt)
2000
Overall and stage win – Tour of Austria (Österreich Rundfahrt)
2001
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
6th overall – Tour de Suisse
2002
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
5th overall – Tour de Suisse
7th overall – Giro d'Italia
2003
Austria Austrian National Road Race Champion
5th overall – Giro d'Italia
12th overall – Tour de France
2004
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
Stage win – Tour de Suisse
7th overall – Tour de France
Member, Austrian National Team, Athens Summer Olympics
2005
Stage 14 win – Tour de France
3rd overall – Deutschland Tour
2006

Retired at end of the 2006 UCI ProTour season.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An interview with Georg Totschnig". Cyclingnews. 2005-07-16. 
  2. ^ "One Race: Two Heroes - Totschnig & Armstrong". Le Tour de France. 2005-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Gerolsteiner presentation: "When we win the Tour i will walk from Paris"". Cyclingheroes. 2006-01-17. 
  4. ^ Josef Langer (2005). "Totschnig and Goetschl "Athletes of the year"". AIPS. 
  5. ^ "Totschnig retires". VeloNews. 2006-10-17. 

External links[edit]


Awards
Preceded by
Markus Rogan
Austrian Sportsman of the year
2005
Succeeded by
Benjamin Raich