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Backstedt wins junior women’s time trial at Road World Championships

Britain’s Zoe Backstedt blew the field away to win the women’s junior time trial at the World Road Cycling Championships in Wollongong, Australia.

The 17-year-old clocked 18 minutes 26.78 seconds on the 14.1km course in New South Wales, around 95km (60 miles) south of Sydney, to complete a minute 35, 58 seconds ahead of Germany’s Justyna Czapla, who was followed by Febe Jooris of Belgium.

Backstedt, who now holds the junior women’s world titles in cyclocross, road race, time trial and Madison, attributed her success to how well she handled the pressure of the occasion.

She said: “It’s amazing, I really wanted that one, it means a lot… I’m so glad I got to do it.

“On the course my legs hurt, but that was a good thing because I knew I was going strong and getting strong, just trying to hold on to my power.

“If I’m honest, there’s no pressure, I’m young and I don’t need pressure. If I do, then it’s not a good thing to have in mind.

“Before the race, I just tried to relax in the sun. In every race I participate in, there is no pressure. If you’re wrong, you’re wrong, but if you’re doing well, even better. It’s just about enjoying it.”

The Welsh cyclist will compete again on Saturday at Illawarra as she seeks to retain the road race title she won in Flanders last year.

“It’s going to be tough, I can’t wait to get there,” she said.

“Now I know what the course is like under full throttle, obviously we have a few more climbs, but it’s going to be interesting and fun and very early in the morning.

“From the time trial I think the road course is fine for me, but there are steeper climbs for the road race, it’s a bit longer, there are more turns, so everything can come the day too.”

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