CyclingWeekly talks to local cyclist Magnus Backstedt about his retirement from professional cycling and his plans to develop his under-23 team. The feature includes a great retrospective of Maggy’s career, complete with footage from his 2004 Paris-Roubaix win.
“Big Swede” will continue to consult with Garmin-Slipstream while focusing on his own development team February 6, 2009 – Boulder, CO – After 13 years of professional cycling, 34-year-old Magnus Backstedt will step down from the highest level of the sport. Backstedt will take his career learnings, combined with what he has gleaned from Garmin-Slipstream’s [...]
Check out Biciciclismo’s Spanish version of Magnus Backstedt’s update. After 13 years as a professional you would think that it might start to get a little tough each winter to motivate yourself for another season. Not so for the cycling world’s favourite big Swede Magnus Backstedt. After finishing the season strongly at the Tour of [...]
PezCycling News talks to Magnus Backstedt about his 2008 season and first year with Team Garmin-Slipstream. From the interview: “In the stage at the Tour when I missed the time cut, I was feeling absolutely brilliant for the first fifty kilometres; basically, three kilometres after that I was legless – I could hardly turn the [...]
CyclingWeekly.com follows pro rider and family man Magnus Backstedt through South Wales on one of his favorite local rides. In between his chatty ride commentary, Magnus also talks about the team and his Tour performance. From the article: “I thought about your readers and thought what could be better than coming here, getting the family [...]
From Jackie Harrington, England “I’ve been a fan of Garmin/Chipotle from the start so I was delighted to meet Magnus Backstedt at the International Cycle Show in Earl’s Court, London where he was signing posters on the Felt Bike stand. I hadn’t known he was going to be at the show, so it was very [...]
From Marshall Dobbins of Rockville, Maryland: I have been to the CSC Invitational with 1 or both of my 2 sons every year for the last nine years and was looking forward to another great day of racing this year. I was really excited last winter when I read that you had signed Magnus Backstedt [...]
Team Garmin-Chipotle H3O took center stage today with a long breakaway by Magnus Backstedt and a dramatic sprint finish by Julian Dean. Riding out front for the first three laps, “Maggy” won the two of the three intermediate sprints of they day along with two KOMs. He was caught with two laps to go as [...]
Drag racing to the end, Big Mag finished third in today’s opening Tour of Britain stage. Race report from DS Matt White Today we are in Britain so we gave our quasi Brit Maggy the opportunity to show his sprinting prowess! Chris Sutton was in the early break that went a very long way. Then [...]
Cycling Weekly previews the Team Garmin-Chipotle H3O rosters for both the Tour of Ireland and the Tour of Britain later this fall.
So this year’s Tour ended like so many others have for me with an early withdrawal. It certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying, legs or even injury this time. To give you the full run down of what has been going on lately, I struggled through the month of June like so many of [...]
Featured athletes: Danny Pate, Magnus Backstedt Provided courtesy of Saris Cycling Group As the terrain begins to go upward, as it did in Stage 6′s uphill finsh, it is important for the riders to be able to maintain a high watts-per-kg or power-to-weight ratio. Watts per kilogram is power output normalized to body weight. The [...]
I’ve got a yellow number! I’ve never been on a TdF team good enough to get yellow numbers. We get them because we’re leading the team GC. This is due to Will’s excellent breakaway and near miss a couple of days ago. That launched us into first place. Then between Danny, Christian and myself, we [...]
Location:Loire, France Overview:Team Garmin-Chipotle riders are recording the stages of the 2008 Tour de France with their Garmin Edge 705s for all you data hungry fans out there. Each day, we will feature one rider and his data. The longest stage of the 2008 Tour de France, stage 5 rolls through the gorgeous Loire region [...]
I arrived two days before the start to find that management had selected nine riders who showed up for the season’s premiere race (yes, the Tour) with only one minor issue among them. Martijn Maskaant had a “tickle” in his throat and that was it. 48 hours and several doses of Emergen-C later, even that [...]
Versus.com showcases Team Garmin-Chipotle H3O in this pre-Tour de France web video.
Jumping from the gun, Swedish national road champion Magnus Backstedt (above) kicked off a high-powered breakaway that eventually lapped the pack. Maggy was quickly joined by eventual race winner Italian Luca Damiani who admitted to struggling a bit to hold onto the former Paris-Roubaix winner. The two mismatched escapees were eventually joined by 11 other [...]
Race report from DS Matt White Unfortunately, Magnus is not well having a mild fever and will not be starting today. There’s no point in pushing him now. It could be detrimental for the weeks to come. It’s going to be a super hard time trial! 18 km flat and the rest up hill. Only [...]
In a preview of the challenging Dragon Ride cyclo-sportive, CyclingWeekly.com put out a call for a 14-21 year-old, Welsh-speaking cyclist to be coached by Magnus Backstedt as part of a television series. Said race organizer: “The Dragon Ride Wales is one of the toughest single day challenges in the UK and it’s fantastic that someone [...]
After having a bit of time with my family and time to reflect over last Sunday’s happenings, I have come up with this. So I worked my backside off to get from a heap on the tarmac in Qatar to the hardest one day race in the world and be competitive there. With all the [...]
Bicycling’s European Correspondent James Startt talks to Magnus Backstedt about his preparedness for Sunday’s upcoming Paris-Roubaix. Said Maggy about his favorite goal: “You can do 150 races in a year and they are all pretty much the same. But not this one. There is only one race like this in the whole season.”
Race report direct from DS Johnny Weltz “The race turned out to be just as hard as expected. We really wanted a group to go from the start. We tried hard to make it happen, but a strong tailwind made the pace too fast for anyone to go.” “As we got close to first feed [...]
Right, so the Classics are starting for real tomorrow. I am still feeling pretty good after the time trial on Thursday, but I still have some apprehensions regarding Flanders. This is a race that when I’m at my very best, I could possibly get up there for. But if anything goes other than perfect, it’s [...]
When Magnus Backstedt broke his clavicle during the Tour of Qatar, few were those who thought he could come back to full fitness in time for the Spring Classics, and more importantly, Paris-Roubaix. However, the Swedish champion has built his career and reputation around looking on each hardship to fuel his inner strength. Backstedt returned [...]