Zoe Bäckstedt has confirmed her signature with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, confirming her link to the team where she was a stagiaire. The last-year Junior rider is already very well known with junior world titles on the road and cyclocross already on her palmares. The young sister of Trek Segafredo rider Elynor Bäckstedt looks on course for a star future on the road. Naturally, she is also the daughter of Magnus Bäckstedt, the legendary Paris Roubaix winner and Eurosport/GCN commentator.
Bäckstedt has already ridden for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, at the CIC-Tour des Pyrénées last week. She was part of the line-up that won the opening day team time trial and then finished 6th, winning the bunch sprint, behind a group that contained her team leader Krista Doebel-Hickok who went on to win the GC there.
“It makes life a lot easier than racing for two teams, because then you get the problem of being pulled one way for a training camp on the road, but at the same time being pulled into the cyclocross season.”Zoe Bäckstedt
With the closure of the Cannondale cyclocross team, EF Education’s Clara Honsinger has agreed to race CX for her road team. Zoe Bäckstedt will also race cyclocross for the team in pink, giving them a solid start in off-road talent for the upcoming winter season. Being able to race for the same team on and off the road played a role in her decision to sign with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. Despite the interest of many teams in the women’s peloton, it was a call via Zoom with Linda Jackson that convinced the British rider.
“Zoe is an incredible up-and-coming talent in both road and cyclo-cross and I believe we can provide her with a great home in both disciplines. Our goal is to provide Zoe with the supportive environment she needs as she moves into the elites.”Linda Jackson, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB owner