Zoe Bäckstedt took off alone after 7.5 kilometers. On the descent of Mount Pleasant, she shattered the pack. “It was not my plan to run off alone so early. I wanted to wait until the penultimate lap, but I felt good in the descent and decided to attack,” said the world champion.
No one in the peloton was able to drive up to the British, but on the last lap she started to panic. “In the final lap my lead started to shrink, which made me panic. My coach in the team car said that my lead was big enough and that I had to stay calm.”
Bäckstedt could count on a lot of support from people along the course. “There were a lot of people on the side of the road calling my name, on the climb I really needed that.”
“I was very emotional at 1 kilometer from the finish. A second world title in a row and that on my birthday is very special,” concludes the British.