A family affair for 'disappointed' Zoe Bäckstedt at the World Championships, as 16-year-old takes GB's first medal

A Bäckstedt has been on the women's junior TT Worlds podium for the past three years, with father Magnus in the commentary booth as Zoe claimed silver

Zoe Backstedt
(Image credit: Getty)

"I don't think I've ever been that nervous, especially when we saw the intermediate times," says Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France stage winner Magnus Bäckstedt on Eurosport commentary as he watched his 16-year-old daughter Zoe compete in the junior women's ITT at the Flanders World Championships.

Zoe was in the hot seat at the finish line in Bruges, as Russian Alena Ivanchenko went through the time check only a couple of seconds quicker than the Brit, the only rider that could stop her from becoming world champion.

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