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UCI Road World Championships: Zoe Bäckstedt destroys competition in junior women’s TT

The British rider puts more than 90 seconds into her nearest rivals in searing TT ride.

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Nobody could get near Zoe Bäckstedt (Great Britain) as she obliterated her rivals in the junior TT at the UCI Road World Championships.

Bäckstedt completed the 14.1km course around Wollongong in a time of 18:26.78, a whopping 1:35 ahead of second place Justyna Czapla (Germany). The Belgian rider Febe Jooris rounded out the podium a further 13 seconds back.

Bäckstedt was pipped to the junior TT title by 11 seconds in Bruges last season, but there was to be no repeat for the rider who is set to step into the pro ranks with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB next season.

The 17-year-old laid down a huge marker at the halfway point, putting over 50 seconds into Czapla already. Bäckstedt did not rest on her laurels and continued to put the power down to put broad daylight between herself and the riders behind.

How it happened

The riders had an early start to the day with Hannah Kunz the first rider down the ramp shortly after 9:30 a.m. The German set a strong benchmark for the following riders with a time that would ultimately see her finish just outside the top 10 by the end of the day.

Kunz had a short wait in the hotseat before Isabel Sharpe (Great Britain) ousted her from the top spot. From then on, it was a case of small margins with only a few seconds, and sometimes less than a second separating those at the top of the standings.

Few of the riders had a chance to make it to the stage before they saw their fastest time beaten with the times tumbling constantly. Czapla and Bäckstedt were the final two riders down the ramp, setting off for their effort two minutes apart.

Czapla came through to topple the fastest time at the opening check, which had been held for Anna van der Meiden (Netherlands) for most of the morning, by two seconds. However, her position at the top of the time check didn’t last long as Bäckstedt rolled through with a 50-second advantage on the German.

Czepla managed to increase her gap by the finish line to oust Jooris by 13 seconds, but Bäckstedt was already looming in the background as she came into the finishing stretch. Czepla barely had time to register her brief period as the fastest rider before the Briton crossed the line.

World Championships WJ - ITT Results

Time Trial
RankNameTeamTime
1BÄCKSTEDT ZoeGreat Britain18:26
2CZAPLA JustynaGermany1:36
3JOORIS FebeBelgium1:49
4KVASNIČKOVÁ EliškaCzech Republic1:50
5VAN DER MEIDEN AnnaNetherlands1:50
6EBRAS ElisabethEstonia1:51
7VINKE NienkeNetherlands1:52
8CARNES IsabelleAustralia1:55
9SANDER Laura LizetteEstonia2:00
10SHARP IzzyGreat Britain2:05
11KUNZ HannahGermany2:06
12AINTILA WilmaFinland2:10
13KAKITA Maho Japan2:13
14SIMON JetteGermany2:15
15TONIOLLI AliceItaly2:22
16RAYER EglantineFrance2:27
17STEWART BronteAustralia2:31
18ZIMMERMANN FionaSwitzerland2:32
19SYKES AmeliaNew Zealand2:33
20SCHMIDSBERGER DanielaAustria2:40
21STEWART LucyAustralia2:43
22PRIMEAU PénélopeCanada2:50
23VAN SINAEY XaydeeBelgium2:55
24VENTURELLI FedericaItaly3:00
25KAZAKOVA ViolettaKazakhstan3:11
26PATRICK ChloeUnited States3:12
27SARKISOV KatherineUnited States3:20
28CAMIRE EloiseCanada3:24
29TUCK ArabellaNew Zealand3:31
30LONDOÑO Angie Mariana Colombia3:58
31SPIRINA AlinaKazakhstan4:08
32THOMPSON CaitlinSouth Africa4:30
33GARCÍA LucíaSpain4:33
34MORALES AlmudenaSpain4:33
35SAFRONIUK NataliiaUkraine4:36
36SEAMAN RachelSouth Africa5:22
37ALI Maryam Pakistan7:52

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.