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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]

Georg Totschnig
Georg Totschnig 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full nameGeorg Totschnig
Born (1971-05-25) 25 May 1971 (age 48)
Kaltenbach, Austria
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1993Lampre - Polti
1994Polti
1995Polti - Granarolo - Santini
1996Polti
1997–2000Deutsche Telekom
2001–2006Gerolsteiner
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)

CareerEdit

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 resultsEdit

1989

  Austrian National Time Trial Champion - Junior

1993

First year as a professional.

1994
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1995
9th overall – Giro d'Italia
1996
  Austrian National Time Trial Champion
6th overall – Vuelta a España
1997
  Austrian National Road Race Champion
  Austrian National Time Trial Champion
1998
2nd overall – Volta a Catalunya
1999
2nd overall – Tour of Austria
2000
Overall and stage win – Tour of Austria
2001
  Austrian National Time Trial Champion
6th overall – Tour de Suisse
2002
  Austrian National Time Trial Champion
5th overall – Tour de Suisse
7th overall – Giro d'Italia
2003
  Austrian National Road Race Champion
5th overall – Giro d'Italia
12th overall – Tour de France
2004
  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.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  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.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  3. ^ "An interview with Georg Totschnig". Cyclingnews. 16 July 2005.
  4. ^ "One Race: Two Heroes - Totschnig & Armstrong". Le Tour de France. 16 July 2005. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Gerolsteiner presentation: "When we win the Tour i will walk from Paris"". Cyclingheroes. 17 January 2006.
  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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Awards
Preceded by
Markus Rogan
Austrian Sportsman of the year
2005
Succeeded by
Benjamin Raich