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Totschnig named Austria's Male Athlete of the Year

Gerolsteiner's Georg Totschnig was named Austria's Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. He was only the second cyclist to win the honour, after Richard Menapace won the very first award in 1949. Totschnig, who won the 14th stage of this year's Tour de France, finished with 28 points before skier Benjamin Raich, who took five medals at the Alpine skiing world championships.

"It was very surprising, but an enormous honour ," said Totschnig. "I was proud simply to have been nominated. It shows, that cycling in Austria is on the way up. It is a wonderful day."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer