It’s in some ways surprising that Magnus Backstedt didn’t end up in the second row of the forward pack of a Welsh rugby team. At 1.93 metres, or 6’4″, and a handy 210 pounds, Backstedt has plenty of physical presence and clearly the endurance for a high work load. And, of course, he lives in Wales and is a supporter of the game.
But the Swedish hard-man chose cycling. Never likely to win in the mountains (unless he can pull out an Eros Poli performance), Backstedt has nonetheless proved his mettle in the sport, notably winning Paris-Roubaix in 2004 and become a confirmed legend.
Your author recently spoke to the man himself for Pez Cycling News to catch up on what has been (another) tough season and, most importantly, to find out whether Julian Dean was able to help him improve his haka.
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