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Elynor Bäckstedt relishing shot at following father’s pedal strokes at Paris-Roubaix


Like father, like daughter at Paris-Roubaix? Maybe someday.

With rising star Elynor Bäckstedt (Trek-Segafredo), there’s the intriguing possibility that she could follow in her father’s footsteps — and pedal strokes — and someday win the women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix. Magnus Bäckstedt won the 2004 edition of Hell of the North.

There have been a few famous father-son combos across cycling’s history. Think Eddy Merckx and Axel. Or Davis Phinney and Taylor.

With the inaugural edition coming this spring, Bäckstedt is well aware of the historical possibility of becoming the first father-daughter winning combination in one of cycling’s most emblematic races.

“I would really like to win Paris-Roubaix,” she told VeloNews. “A father-daughter duo would be very special. I’m excited to race all the big classics.”

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