Markus Fothen

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Markus Fothen Straßenradsport
Markus Fothen bei der Tour de France 2007
Markus Fothen at the Tour de France 2007
About the person
Date of birth 9. September 1981
Nation GermanyDeutschland Germany
Discipline Street
International Team(s)
Team Milram
Team NSP
Most important successes

one stage Tour de Romandie 2007
one stage Tour de Suisse 2008
Weltmeister U23 time trial world champion 2003

Last updated: July 25, 2013

Markus Fothen (born 9 September 1981 in Neuss) is a former German cyclist.


After becoming European and World U23 individual time trial champion in 2003 and finishing twelfth overall in the 2005 Giro d’Italia, he competed in the 2006 Tour de France for the first time. On the third stage of the Tour, Fothen took the white jersey of the best young professional, which he had to give up for one day after three stages and was able to regain during the 7th stage – a time trial – and wore it for a total of 13 days.[1] He ended up second behind Italian Damiano Cunego. After the presentation of the 2007 Tour in Paris at the end of October, he expressed confidence in repeating and even building on his strong performances, as the two long time trials after the Alps and Pyrenees respectively suited his riding style. However, he failed to live up to expectations and finished the Tour de France in 34th place.

His first team in the adult sector was Team TEAG Köstritzer (U23). From 2004 to 2008 he rode for Team Gerolsteiner. After the dissolution of Team Milram, for which he competed in 2009 and 2010, he switched to the newly founded Team NSP in 2011.

On 24 July 2013, he contested his last cycling race in Neuss. As a reason he gave increasing health difficulties, especially muscular type, and the lack of success in the last years of his career. The decisive factor for the decision to end his career was an inflammation of both knees, which he had contracted before Rund um Köln 2013.[2]


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


  • Overall classification Ronde de l’Isard d’Ariège (U23)
  • Deutscher Meister German Champion Individual Time Trial (U23)
  • Weltmeister World Champion Individual Time Trial (U23)
  • European Champion Individual Time Trial (U23)
  • Deutscher Meister German Champion Individual Time Trial (U23)
  • Deutscher Meister German Champion Mountain
  • GP Black Forest
  • LuK Challenge (with Sebastian Lang)
  • a stage of the Tour de Romandie
  • a Tour de Suisse stage
  • one stage Rothaus Regio-Tour

Individual references

  1. Jürgen Löhle: The Tour de France. German professionals and their successes. Delius-Klasing, Bielefeld 2017, ISBN 978-3-667-10922-4, p. 158.
  2. of 24 July 2013:Markus Fothen ends his career

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