Backstedt bags family bragging rights after winning junior Worlds with slow puncture

UCI Road World Championships 2021
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After winning silver in the junior time trial at the World Championships earlier this week, Zoe Backstedt modestly denied the suggestion that she now had bragging rights over her sister Elynor, who has two medals - both bronze - from the same event in 2018 and 2019. After winning gold in the road race on Saturday, however, that has surely changed. 

“Yeah I think so - a gold and silver maybe deserves that,” Backstedt said with a chuckle after pulling on the rainbow jersey, though this clearly isn’t the fiercest of sibling rivalries. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.