Zoe Backstedt's statement victory signals potential as heir to Lizzie Deignan's throne

Even by the standards of cycling commentary, which has been known to veer into hyperbole on occasion, it was quite a statement. “This is a performance we will remember for year

upon year!” announced Eurosport’s Rob Hatch as Wales’ Zoe Backstedt powered to the junior women's time trial title at the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, in

the early hours of Tuesday morning (UK time). “This is the birth of one of the best riders you have ever seen in your life! We are talking about one of the best young

riders, male or female, this sport has ever seen!” The truth is, though, Hatch was not wrong. Well, not about Backstedt’s ability anyway. The only thing you might quibble

with was the timing of her breakthrough. Anyone surprised by her win on Tuesday has clearly not been paying attention. "The birth of one of the 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 riders you will 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑

see ride a bike!" 🤩 🇬🇧 Remember the name of the new Junior Time Trial world champion: Zoe Backstedt 🌈#Wollongong2022 | @Backstedt_Zoe | @BritishCycling

pic.twitter.com/UkyoAcfjrc— Eurosport (@eurosport) September 20, 2022 The 17-year-old actually announced herself this time last year, in Flanders, when her dad, the former

Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, famously broke down in tears commentating on Zoe’s win in the junior world road race at the age of 16.