Zoe Bäckstedt can be making the step as much as the Ladies’s WorldTour this yr as she swaps the blue equipment of Belgian cyclo-cross improvement squad, Acrog-Tormans, for the pink of EF Training-TIBCO-SVB in August.
The 17-year-old, who’s the present junior highway and cyclo-cross world champion, can be using for the staff as a trainee with the staff’s strategy of using a full highway calendar, whereas additionally encouraging its riders to race on dust and gravel, a part of the attraction.
“I am so excited to be becoming a member of Ladies’s WorldTour staff EF Training-TIBCO-SVB as a trainee and I am unable to wait to start out racing for them later this yr. I really like their multi-discipline strategy to biking,” mentioned Bäckstedt in a staff assertion.
Bäckstedt completed the 2021-2022 cyclocross season with 10 wins, additionally including the cyclocross European ladies’s junior championships to her World Championship victory. On the highway, in addition to final yr out-sprinting her break companion to take the rainbow stripes, she received the person time trial stage within the Watersley Girls Problem and this season received the general at EPZ Omloop van Borsele, in addition to two of the three phases. On the observe she additionally took gold medals within the particular person pursuit, staff pursuit, and Madison on the 2021 European junior observe championships.
The rider will proceed to journey with Acrog-Tormans till August.
“I am so grateful to [Acrog-Tormans] for every little thing that they’ve performed for me over the previous few years and I’m excited to proceed to journey for them on the highway for the following few months and hopefully get some good outcomes forward of the step to World Tour,” mentioned Bäckstedt in an Instagram put up.
Bäckstedt will, by far, be the youngest on EF Training-TIBCO-SVB – which can be residence to US cyclo-cross champion Clara Honsinger and fellow Brits Lizzy Banks and Abi Smith – however racing on the high stage is properly ingrained within the Bäckstedt household. Older sister Elynor races for Trek-Segafredo, whereas her mom, Megan Hughes, is a former British highway champion and her father Magnus Bäckstedt has a Paris-Roubaix win and Tour de France stage victory amongst his outcomes.
“As the present Junior World Champion in each highway and cyclocross, Zoe is clearly very gifted,” mentioned Linda Jackson, founder and proprietor of EF Training-TIBCO-SVB. “Our aim is to assist her total improvement and nurture her rising expertise. I’m so excited on the prospect of what we’re going to obtain collectively.”