Defending junior World Champion Zoe Bäckstedt: 'I know they’re going to be watching me’

17-year-old talks through life as a marked woman going into the upcoming World Championships

Zoe Backstedt
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Zoe Bäckstedt is confident going into the Junior World Championship road race next week, and she has every right to be. 

The 17-year-old completed a clean sweep at the Watersley Challenge juniors race last weekend, winning the overall title as well as all three stages and the mountains classification jersey. 

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Tom joined Cycling Weekly in early 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

He has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the recent Glasgow World Championships. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world and interviewed some of the sport's top riders. 

When not writing news scoops from the WorldTour, or covering stories from elsewhere in the domestic professional scene, he reports on goings on at bike shops up and down the UK, where he is based when not out on the road at races. He has also appeared on the Radio Cycling podcast.