Johann Tschopp

Johann Tschopp (born 1 July 1982 in Sierre) is a Swiss professional mountain bike racer.[2] He previously competed as a professional road bicycle racer between 2004 and 2014, competing with the Phonak, Bouygues Télécom, BMC Racing Team and IAM Cycling squads.[1] He is noted as an especially good climber since he is lightweight (1.75 m, 60 kg) and his training environment is mainly mountainous. He has already a quite important record in cyclo-cross and mountain bike marathon.

Johann Tschopp
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Tschopp at the 2006 Deutschland Tour.
Personal information
Full nameJohann Tschopp
Born (1982-07-01) 1 July 1982 (age 38)
Sierre, Switzerland
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Professional teams
2007–2010Bouygues Télécom
2011–2012BMC Racing Team
2013–2014IAM Cycling[1]
Major wins
National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships (2005)
Giro d'Italia 1 stage
Tour of Utah (2012)


2012 seasonEdit

In August 2012, Tschopp won the Tour of Utah's overall classification thanks to his victorious performance on the queen stage of the race, the fifth one. He got out of the bunch on the lower slopes of the last climb leading to the Snowbird ski resort, passed all the scattered breakaway riders and crossed the uphill finish with an advantage of 43 seconds on his nearest pursuer. This ride netted him the leader's jersey previously worn by Garmin–Sharp rider Christian Vande Velde.[3] Tschopp and his teammates managed to hold on to the general classification lead on the last trial, stage 6, which was another mountainous affair, and celebrated the victory.[4]

2013 seasonEdit

Tschopp left BMC Racing Team at the end of the 2012 season, and joined a new team from his native country, the IAM Cycling team for the 2013 season.[1] In the Tour of Oman, he took the sixth place in the general classification of a field that included the likes of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodríguez, who finished ahead of him.[5] In Paris–Nice, Tschopp won the mountains classification jersey thanks to his participation in numerous breakaways. He had a commanding lead at 64 points, 40 points more than his closest rival.[6]

2014 seasonEdit

In November 2014 Tschopp announced that he would retire from road racing to return to mountain biking in 2015.[2]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2nd National Mountain Biking Championships
2nd Sierre–Loye
3rd National Cyclo-Cross Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Austria
5th Overall Tour de l'Ain
5th Overall Tropicale Amissa Bongo
1st Stage 4
5th Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia
Cima Coppi
1st Overall Tour of Utah
1st Stage 5
3rd Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st   Mountains classification Paris–Nice
2nd Trofeo Matteotti
6th Overall Tour of Oman
9th Overall Critérium International
9th Overall Tour of Norway
1st   Mountains classification Tour de Romandie
8th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
9th Overall Tour of Oman

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  Giro d'Italia 41 45 126 34 15 12
  Tour de France 93 54
  Vuelta a España 81 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b c Mignot, Alexandre (9 August 2012). "Tschopp et Rasch signent chez IAM Cycling" [Tschopp and Rasch sign with IAM Cycling]. Cyclism'Actu (in French). Swar-Agency. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Tschopp switches from road to mountain bike in 2015". Future plc. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. ^ Pat Malach (13 August 2012). "Tschopp takes the stage and overall lead in Snowbird". Cycling News. FuturePublishing Limited. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  4. ^ Kyle Moore (12 August 2012). "Leipheimer solos to Tour of Utah stage six, Tschopp hangs on to the overall". Velo Nation. Velo Nation LLC. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  5. ^ "2013 Tour of Oman results, stage 6". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Paris-Nice 2013: Sylvain Chavanel wins the stage in Nice in the sprint". Velo Wire. Thomas Vergouwen. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.

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