• Elise Chabbey racing in 2019 (Getty)Source: Getty
Following the shutdown of the cycling season, Swiss pro rider Elise Chabbey has headed to the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.
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20 Mar 2020 - 9:34 AM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2020 - 9:38 AM

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The Bigla-Katusha cyclist is assisting as an intern at the Geneva University Hospital after recently qualifying as a doctor. 

In the face of Switzerland's COVID-19 rapidly rising infection rate, the 26-year-old felt compelled to help out looking after patients with the virus as well as general patients, where she monitors and assists in treating their conditions.

“Doing nothing is really not in my nature,” Chabbey said on the Bigla-Katusha website.

“What’s happening is unprecedented, and given the severity of the situation, I feel I have to do something.”

“This week I had nine patients, and we anticipate there will be larger numbers coming to us over the next few days.”

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The Swiss pro who won the climber's classification at last year's La Course, is no stranger to juggling her medical studies and cycling career and despite the shutdown, this time is no different - she is still training hard for the moment the season resumes and is hopeful her 'home' road world championships will happen later in the year. 

“When this crisis has abated, I’ll know that I tried to do my part, and I hope I’ll be proud of that,” she said. “I think that doing this now will actually help me mentally.

“When racing eventually commences again, I’ll be more than ready and motivated to join my team mates back on the road.”

As of Thursday (AEDT) 3,888 people in Switzerland cases of coronavirus have been reported and 33 have died.