Trek-Segafredo has announced that British cyclist Elynor Bäckstedt will join the team for the three years beginning in 2020.
Bäckstedt, 17, is currently riding for Storey Racing competing as a junior but will make the step to the elite ranks next year with Trek-Segafredo. In the junior ranks this season she won Gent-Wevelgem, stages 1-2 and the overall in the EPZ Omloop van Borsele and finished second overall in the Healthy Ageing Tour Junior Women. In May, she raced with the elite women in the Tour de Yorkshire on junior gears, the youngest rider in the race, and finished in 35th place overall.
On Monday, Bäckstedt won the bronze medal in the junior women’s time trial at the World Championships for a second straight year and finished in 5th place in the road race Friday.
Elynor Bäckstedt: “I’m very excited to be joining Trek-Segafredo from 2020. It doesn’t feel real yet, and I can’t wait to meet up with the rest of the team. Trek do so much for women’s cycling, supporting female riders and helping them develop and treating everyone the same, that it is an honor to join them. They have so many experienced and established riders to learn from, so hopefully, I can find myself in the peloton, improve, show what I’ve got and help out in the team. I can’t wait!”
Ina Teutenberg, Trek-Segafredo director: “We are really excited to have one of the biggest up-and-coming talents join the team. I am personally looking forward to working with Elynor and helping her make the transition into the elite ranks. She is known for both her mental and physical strength, which will help her make the big step up from junior.”