Reusser 'really bitter' to miss Worlds time trial win on 30th birthday

Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) gives her all
Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) gives her all (Image credit: Getty Images)

Having this season won the European and Swiss time trial titles as well as the mid-race time trial at the Simac Ladies Tour – and finished second at the Tokyo Olympics – Marlen Reusser came to the UCI Road World Championships in Flanders among the top favourites to take gold, and on her 30th birthday, no less.

The Swiss rider last year finished second in the Worlds time trial in Imola, missing out to Anna van der Breggen by 15 seconds, and was on top form this time around, having beaten the likes of Ellen van Dijk and Lisa Brennauer to European gold in Trento 11 days ago.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix