Marta Cavalli, the esteemed rider from FDJ-SUEZ, has encountered a significant hindrance in her preparations for the 2024 season. Following an unfortunate fall during a training camp in Benidorm, Cavalli has suffered a pelvic bone contusion, a setback confirmed through the team’s medical assessments. The 25-year-old Italian cyclist is already adhering to a specialised medical protocol aimed at ensuring her full recovery.
Stephen Delcourt, the General Manager of FDJ-SUEZ, emphasised the team’s unwavering support for Cavalli during this challenging period. Acknowledging her exceptional talent and integral role within the team, Delcourt underlined the priority of her health and recovery. Despite the need for a rest and recovery period, Cavalli remains actively engaged with the team’s medical staff and coaches, focusing on a comprehensive return to top-level competition.
The setback for Cavalli comes after a period of overcoming physical and mental challenges, notably recovering from a severe crash in the 2022 Tour de France Femmes that left her with multiple fractures and enduring peloton anxiety. However, Cavalli’s resilience saw her return to form, marking victories and promising performances in the latter part of 2023, including wins in the infamous CIC-Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées and the Tour Cycliste International de l’Ardèche.
Cavalli’s current situation is a testament to the unpredictable nature of professional cycling, where athletes often face the dual challenge of training and racing whilst only ever being fractions away from a potential injury. As Cavalli embarks on her journey to recovery, her determination and the support of her team stand as crucial elements in overcoming this latest obstacle.
No timeline has been given for Cavalli’s return to racing but potentially she could be fit again for the Ardennes classics.