Olympics: Reusser in disbelief over beating Van der Breggen to silver

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Olimpiadi Tokyo 2020 - Women's Individual Time Trial - Fuji Speedway 22,1 km - 28/07/2021 - - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) on the podium alongside gold medallist Annemiek van Vleuten (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

After the Tokyo Olympics women’s time trial, when all the riders had come across the line, Marlen Reusser could be seen sitting, delighted, on the hot seat position with a big number 3 written on it. The Swiss rider had actually come second to take silver but she couldn’t quite believe it. 

The 29-year-old had been back in fourth at the first time check and fifth at the second on the climb-heavy 22.1-kilometre course that started and finished at the Fuji International Speedway.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.