Anton Palzer
Anton Palzer

From ski mountaineering
to professional cycling

Bora HansGrohe Trainings Camp 2024 - Mallorca

After 12 years as a world class ski mountaineering and mountain running athlete, Toni Palzer followed his dreams: He put the skis aside to become a professional cyclist and joined the German UCI WorldTeam BORA - hansgrohe.

The chronology of a transformation

March 2021: Toni races his final ski mountaineering competition at the ISMF World Championship in Andorra - and seals the silver medal! An emotional and successful farewell from the world of ski mountaineering

April 2021: Only 4 weeks after taking a silver medal at the ski mountaineering worlds, Toni lines up at the Tour of the Alps - his first ever professional bike race.

September 2021: With only 6 months of experience as professional cyclist, Toni concludes his first ever Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España. A novelty in the world of cycling and an achievement he even convinced his critics. Definitely a baptism of fire!

2022: The transformation from ski mountaineer to professional cyclist is followed by his first full year as a professional cyclist. A year with many racing days and important experiences. 
2023: Giro d'Italia as a dream that came true, top 10 GC at the Tour of Turkey as a milestone in his career, contract extension with BORA - hansgrohe. 

With courage and hard work you can achieve anything in life!

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Anton "Toni" Palzer

born March 11, 1993 in Berchtesgaden


Growing up at the foot of the Watzmann, the Berchtesgaden Alps are Toni's home and source of strength. Today, the steep mountain roads at Hochschwarzeck and Rossfeld serve as a perfect training ground and opposite pole to the travel-intense life as a professional cyclist. Before his career on two wheels, it was the ridges and sharp peaks of the Watzmann and Hochkalter massifs where Toni did most of his training and built the base for his successful career as a mountain running and ski mountaineering athlete.

Legendary: That day in early July 2020 when Toni set the record time of 02:47:08 h for the infamous Watzmann traverse.

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