Totschnig's future uncertain; Austrians looking to move

"The changes that I'll continue riding after 2006 are 50-50," is what Gerolsteiner's Georg Totschnig...

"The changes that I'll continue riding after 2006 are 50-50," is what Gerolsteiner's Georg Totschnig said last year. Whether the Austrian has made his decision to retire from his team has not yet been made public - that will come at a press conference he has called for October 16. Totschnig could continue, according to tirol.com, which reports that he has at least three offers to consider, including one from Gerolsteiner. On the other hand, the 35 year-old has said that while he is physically well off, his long career has taken a toll on his psyche. "It's getting harder on him to leave the family," said his wife Michaela. In the meantime, he will be in action again one more time, in the Giro di Lombardia. The question is whether it will be his last race this year or his last race ever.

Meanwhile, Harald Totschnig, 29, younger brother of Georg, would love to participate in the Gerolsteiner family tradition and either ride with his brother there next year or be the Totschnig family's sole representative, if his brother decides to retire at the end of this season. While waiting to hear from the sparkling water team, Totschnig the younger is considering a contract extension with his current Continental Team Elk Haus.

Elk Haus teammate, 22 year-old Thomas Rohregger is also hoping to jump to the ProTour with either Saunier Duval or Unibet, but can fall back on his current team, which has offered him an extension. Also considering his options is 28 year-old Gerhard Trampusch, currently with Wiesenhof-Felt. Austrian team Volksbank Vorarlberg has made him an offer.

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