Marlen Reusser forced to miss Tour de Suisse due to illness

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Marlen Reusser, the reigning champion of the Tour de Suisse, has had to withdraw from this year’s event due to a persistent feverish infection. The 32-year-old Swiss rider from Bern, who rides for SD Worx-Protime, has been battling the illness for over two weeks, forcing her to alter her racing plans.

Reusser expressed her disappointment, saying, “Of course, I’m very sad about this cancellation, but I haven’t ridden my bike for a good two weeks and need to get well first.” The three-time European time trial champion last competed in the Vuelta a Burgos (16th-19th May).

In light of her illness, Reusser is now prioritising her recovery. Once she has fully regained her health, she will begin her preparations for the Paris Olympics, where she aims to compete for the time trial title. Despite her current setback, Reusser remains a significant figure in the cycling world, with interest from teams such as Movistar.

The early part of the season has been challenging for Reusser. She began 2024 on a high note, winning the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, but a severe crash during the Tour of Flanders derailed her spring campaign. The crash resulted in a fractured right jaw, further complicating her season.