Don’t expect too much from Zoe Bäckstedt, says teenager’s British Cycling coach

Junior academy coach Emma Trott has warned against piling pressure on the 18-year-old

Zoe Bäckstedt on podium at world championships 2022
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Zoe Bäckstedt has the world at her feet. The Welsh teenager was the only rider to take home two rainbow jerseys from this year’s World Championships, winning the junior women’s individual time trial and road race. 

Not only that, but she won both titles in resounding fashion. Her winning margins of 1-36 and 2-07 were the largest ever seen in the junior ranks at the Worlds. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.