Markus Fothen

U23 Time Trial World Champion 2003 Stage win Tour de Romandie 2007 Stage win Tour de Suisse 2008

Markus Fothen ( born September 9, 1981 in Neuss ) is a retired German racing cyclist.


After he was European and world time trial champion in 2003 and 2005 U23 Twelfth was in the Giro d' Italia in the overall standings, he took first time in 2006 at the Tour de France, the most important cycling race in the world, in part. At the third stage of the Tour Fothen could conquer the white jersey of best young rider, he had to give up after three stages for a day and again during the 7th stage - could recapture - a time trial. He has finished second behind the Italian Damiano Cunego. After the presentation of the 2007 Tour in late October in Paris, he was confident to repeat his strong performance and even expand, as the two long time trials after the Alps or Pyrenees subject to his driving style. However, it did not meet the expectations and finished the Tour de France on the 34th.

His first team in the adult area, the team TEAG Köstritzer ( U23 ). From 2004 to 2008 he drove for the team Gerolsteiner. After the dissolution of Team Milram team, for which he started in 2009 and 2010, he moved in 2011 to the newly formed Team NSP.

On July 24, 2013 he played his last race in Neuss. The reason he gave to increasing health problems, especially muscular kind, and the lack of success in recent years of his career. Ending the scales in favor of the decision of his career had been an inflammation of both knees, which he had contracted before Rund um Köln 2013.


Markus Fothen is married, has two children and lives in the Lower Rhine Kaarst. His younger brother Thomas Fothen was until 2011 also a professional cyclist.


  • Ronde de l' Isard d' Ariège ( U23 )
  • German time trial champion ( U23 )
  • World champion time trial ( U23 )
  • European champion time trial ( U23 )
  • German time trial champion ( U23 )
  • German Meisterberg
  • GP Schwarzwald
  • A stage of Tour de Romandie
  • A stage in the Tour de Suisse
  • A stage Rothaus Regio - Tour