Georg Totschnig

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Georg Totschnig
Georg Totschnig 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full name Georg Totschnig
Born (1971-05-25) 25 May 1971 (age 47)
Kaltenbach, Austria
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1993 Lampre - Polti
1994 Polti
1995 Polti - Granarolo - Santini
1996 Polti
1997–2000 Deutsche Telekom
2001–2006 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)

Georg Totschnig (born 25 May 1971) is an Austrian former road bicycle racer who raced professionally between 1993 and 2006. He won the Austrian National Road Race Championships in 1997 and 2003.[1] He also rode at three Olympic Games.[2]


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.[3][4]

He was voted Austrian Sportsman of the year in 2005.[5] Totschnig was surprised to win the accolade, as he had not expected to win more votes than the skier Benjamin Raich.[6]

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

Major results[edit]


Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion - Junior


First year as a professional.

9th overall – Giro d'Italia
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
6th overall – Vuelta a España
Austria Austrian National Road Race Champion
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
2nd overall – Volta a Catalunya
2nd overall – Tour of Austria
Overall and stage win – Tour of Austria
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
6th overall – Tour de Suisse
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
5th overall – Tour de Suisse
7th overall – Giro d'Italia
Austria Austrian National Road Race Champion
5th overall – Giro d'Italia
12th overall – Tour de France
Austria Austrian National Time Trial Champion
Stage win – Tour de Suisse
7th overall – Tour de France
Member, Austrian National Team, Athens Summer Olympics
Stage 14 win – Tour de France
3rd overall – Deutschland Tour

Retired at end of the 2006 UCI ProTour season.[7]


  1. ^ "National Championship, Road, Elite, Austria (Men)". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Georg Totschnig Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "An interview with Georg Totschnig". Cyclingnews. 2005-07-16. 
  4. ^ "One Race: Two Heroes - Totschnig & Armstrong". Le Tour de France. 2005-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Gerolsteiner presentation: "When we win the Tour i will walk from Paris"". Cyclingheroes. 2006-01-17. 
  6. ^ Josef Langer (2005). "Totschnig and Goetschl "Athletes of the year"". AIPS. 
  7. ^ "Totschnig retires". VeloNews. 17 October 2006. Archived from the original on 19 October 2006. 

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