On the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse Girls on Saturday, many riders wore black armbands in reminiscence of Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious), who died on June 16 from the accidents sustained in a horrible crash within the Tour de Suisse.
Swiss rider Marlen Reusser (SD Worx), who went on to win the stage 2 particular person time trial and take the general lead within the ladies’s race, stated that it has been tough for a lot of riders to give attention to the racing.
“It’s so stunning what occurred,” Reusser stated. “It was exhausting to maintain the give attention to the game in the previous couple of days.
“Yesterday, within the street race, I used to be absolutely focussed on how we race, but additionally there, I used to be only a bit extra cautious within the descents,”
Anybody who has ever suffered a critical crash themselves is aware of that it’s a – generally prolonged – course of to achieve confidence on the bike once more afterwards, and it was the identical for Reusser.
Reusser, a common doctor who entered the game in her late twenties, skilled critical accidents following a crash in 2017 the place she broke her pelvic bone, sacrum and first vertebra (L5).
She additionally skilled a concussion following a crash on the 2022 Tour de France Femmes, and was compelled to desert the race.
“I had a foul crash prior to now myself, and it all the time takes time to come back again, trust for cornering and go ‘full fuel’,” she stated. “It is simply one thing that’s in my thoughts proper now, and that doesn’t assist. This sport is somewhat bit silly even generally as a result of it is also about taking somewhat little bit of a threat.”
Taking such dangers within the time trial was not straightforward for Reusser, who stated she held again a bit within the technical descent, understanding that this may cost her the victory.
“I used to be not in circulate and didn’t go 100% by the harmful corners, understanding that possibly I would not win. I used to be okay with that,” stated Reusser of the ultimate of stage 2.
She stated that she had dreamt of the race and particularly Sunday’s time trial for a very long time. Nevertheless, the tragic demise of Mäder has put all that into perspective.
“With what occurred to Gino, my emotions in the direction of this dwelling race modified considerably. I nonetheless assume it is good that we experience right here, and I believe it’s good that I can take pleasure in this chief’s jersey on my shoulders,” Reusser stated.
Reusser, who captured SD Worx’s twenty first win in a row, is now main the GC by eight seconds forward of her teammate Demi Vollering with two phases to go and is now the highest favorite to win the Tour de Suisse Girls general.