'I feel like I'm in a never-ending downward spiral': Marlen Reusser says burnout behind Worlds time trial abandon

Swiss rouleur says "it wasn't a mechanical problem, it was just me"

Marlen Reusser at the World Championships
(Image credit: Getty Images/Dario Belingheri)

Marlen Reusser has said she feels like she is in a "never-ending downward spiral", after she abandoned the World Championships elite women's time trial partway through.

The Swiss rider, the winner of the time trial at the recent Tour de France Femmes, climbed off her bike before the second intermediate time check on Thursday, later citing burnout as the reason behind the decision.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.