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Marlen Reusser Optimistic for Gent-Wevelgem Opener

Marlen Reusser

Marlen Reusser, representing Team SD Worx, shared her anticipation for the upcoming Gent-Wevelgem race, expressing her eagerness to compete after a challenging start to the season. “I started the season super in Valencia,” Reusser remarked. “I felt strong and took my first win of the season and the overall victory there. But unfortunately, I then had to deal with COVID, which caused me to miss the opening weekend.”

Despite facing setbacks due to illness, Reusser displayed resilience and optimism, highlighting her positive performance in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. “To my positive surprise, I had good legs in Trofeo Alfredo Binda. I hope to get that confirmation also in Gent-Wevelgem,” she emphasised.

Reflecting on the significance of Gent-Wevelgem in her career, Reusser fondly recalled her previous victory in the race, which holds a special place in her heart. “Gent-Wevelgem has a special place for me. It was my very first win in a big classic. Especially the way it was very special,” she reminisced. “I still get happy when I think back on it.”

Looking ahead to her goals for the 2024 season, Reusser outlined her aspirations, including participation in the Olympics and World Championships. “In 2024, I have two very important commitments: the individual time trial at the Olympics in Paris and the battle against the clock at the World Championships in my home country of Switzerland,” she revealed.

Team SD Worx’s sports director, Lars Boom, echoed Reusser’s optimism for Gent-Wevelgem, expressing hope for challenging conditions that would play to their advantage. “A tough edition would be nice. I hope the weather forecast is right. If it starts to blow effectively and maybe some rain, the race will be harder. That will be to our advantage,” he stated.

Boom emphasised the team’s readiness and motivation, particularly noting Reusser’s determination to excel despite recent challenges. “Marlen Reusser already had good legs after her illness in the Trofeo Binda. She is eager to do her best again,” he affirmed.

With a strategic approach to the race, Boom highlighted key sections of the course that would test the riders, including the Kemmelberg and De Moeren. “The Kemmelberg makes Gent-Wevelgem tougher than Brugge-De Panne, for example. With the predicted wind, it will be watchful in De Moeren,” he explained.