Bäckstedt absent from British cross country championships with COVID-19

The British National Cyclo-cross Championships will take place in Crawley this weekend without two of the main favorites, after Zoe Bäckstedt – the UCI Cyclocross World Cup leader in the junior category – tested positive for COVID -19. Reigning elite men’s champion Tom Pidcock will also miss the race to join his road team Ineos Grenadiers at a training camp in Mallorca that will last until January 18.

Bäckstedt won the junior race in the World Cup rounds in Tabor, Namur and Dendermonde and won the elite Ethias Cross race in Essen in December while finishing third in the elite race in Gullegem on Tuesday. She was scheduled to compete in the elite women’s race at the championships this Sunday.

However, upon arriving home, the junior road world champion said she tested positive for the virus which has spread rapidly around the world over the past month.

“I just wanted to let you know that, unfortunately, after returning from shopping in Belgium earlier this week, I have since tested positive for COVID 19,” she wrote on her Instagram page.

“I am so grateful to be feeling well at the moment and I am fortunate to be able to isolate myself at home with my family who unfortunately all tested positive.

“Unfortunately that means I will miss the national championships this weekend. I am disgusted as I was really looking forward to competing and was in the best possible shape after fully preparing myself, but I am isolating myself now according to instructions and I will do everything I can to get back to racing as quickly as possible. “

The British Cyclo-cross Championships have been canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but are expected to continue with some restrictions other than a request for riders and fans to stay home if they present any symptoms or must self-isolate.

The races will be streamed live on the British Cycling YouTube page, with the Junior Women and Men and Elite / U23 Women and Men races taking place on January 9 between 10 a.m. and 2.45 p.m. local time.

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