Cycling

Zoe Backstedt mixes road racing and cyclocross for WorldTour journey of discovery

Zoe Backstedt hopes a season of WorldTour-level road racing with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB will help her improve as a cyclocross rider, and the talented teenager aims to combine the two disciplines in the coming years.

The 18-year-old won the road, time trial and cyclo-cross world titles as a junior, but has now made the jump to the lower 23-year-old categories. Despite falling heavily in the early stages of Sunday’s European Under-23 Cyclocross Championships, Backstedt battled back to finish fifth, 1:53 behind clear winner Puck Pieterse.

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