Swiss TT domination as Stefan Küng and Marlen Reusser conquer European titles
Sep 10 2021 10:00 am CET

Swiss TT domination as Stefan Küng and Marlen Reusser conquer European titles
Swiss TT domination as Stefan Küng and Marlen Reusser conquer European titles
2021 UEC Road European Championships - Trentino

Swiss riders Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Marlen Reusser (Alé BTC Ljubljana) have taken the victory of the elite time trials at the European Championships.

Although Küng was the defending champion of the discipline, he was not the favourite of the day as local Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers), Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Stefan Bisseger (EF Education-Nippo), were ahead of him in the odds. The time trial World Champion did a first part better than the Swiss, but this wasn't enough as at the finish line he was eight seconds behind, while Evenepoel was third at 15 seconds from the rider of Groupama-FDJ.

"Halfway through the race I was just behind Ganna, but I didn't lose confidence," said Küng -who completed the 22.4-kilometre route in 24 minutes and 29 seconds. "I knew I was feeling good, even if I didn't go too well in the Benelux, and at the Olympics I was at the foot of the podium. This season I have often come close to the great results, and I have always found someone stronger. This time, my day has arrived: there's nothing better on the way to the World Championships."

Earlier on the day, Reusser completed the 22.4-kilometre circuit in 27 minutes and 13 seconds, delivering a strong performance that allowed her to beat favourites Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) by 19 seconds, and Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT), by one minute and two seconds.

"I'm exhausted but super happy, and if you're not exhausted at the finish line means you didn't do enough," Reusser said commented. "I knew I had good legs, but you never know, Ellen and Lisa as well were also going strong. Now I will focus on the Road Race with the Swiss Team, which I love to race with."

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