On 30 January 1975 is Magnus Bäckstedt born. He’s the only Swedish rider to win a Monument 1.
Bäckstedt became pro in 1996 at the Belgium formation Collstrop-Palmans. After two seasons, with a victory in the GP d’Isbergues, he leaves to GAN. During that season GAN renamed to Crédit Agricole. In 1998 Tour de France he wins stage 19 in Autun, where he defeats his fellow attackers Maarten den Bakker, Eddy Mazzoleni and Pascal Demare in the sprint.
He stayed three more years at Crédit Agricole but due to lack of success, he had to leave at the end of 2001 and found a place at Team Fakta. In 2003 Giro d’Italia he won the Intergiro classification and gets a contract at Alessio. By the Italian formation, Bäckstedt blossomed again in one-day races. He became second in Gent-Wevelgem and four days later he surprised with a win in Paris-Roubaix.
After this success, he moved to Liquigas. He rode three years for the Italian formation but didn’t have much success. His last season as a pro cyclist he rode for Garmin-Chipotle. With this formation, he won the opening team time trial in the 2008 Giro d’Italia.
Nowadays Bäckstedt is a pro cycling coach at his own Bäckstedt Cycling Academy and has a development team: Team Bäckstedt HotChillee.