Cycling Weekly is counting down the top 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.
NUMBER 20: JOANNA ROWSELL
National time trial champion and team pursuit world record holder
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Joanna Rowsell started the season hoping to make strides forward on the road. In June she won the national time trial championship ahead of Lizzie Armitstead and took fourth place in the road race a few days later. The signs were encouraging.
However, a crash at the Ride London criterium in August left her with a broken collarbone that needed surgery and put her winter track season in jeopardy.
The way she came back not just to full fitness but world-class form was impressive.
A month after her operation, she was back in action, needing to win qualification points at the Ghent international track meeting just to qualify for the World Cups. Victory in the individual pursuit there was followed by a world record-breaking return to the team pursuit squad at the European Championships in Apeldoorn.
At the Manchester World Cup she won both the team and individual pursuit competitions, the latter in a time only a couple of seconds off her personal best, which suggests a tilt at an individual world title next spring might be on.
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