Joanna Rowsell plays down Commonwealth Games TT chances

The former British champion in the discipline admits her Games focus was the individual pursuit.

2013 British Time Trial Champion Joanna Rowsell has played down her chances of success in tomorrow’s Commonwealth Games event against the clock.

The 25-year-old took the national crown in the discipline a few miles south of Glasgow in Stewarton last June, with only one rider finishing  within 90 seconds of her.

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But the combination of the Games using a circuit to the north of the River Clyde in tomorrow’s 30km time trial, and Rowsell focusing on winning gold in the individual pursuit on the track, means she is unsure of how she will fare.

“I haven’t seen the course yet, but I had a look at it online and gone over the profile,” she said after her victory inside the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome last Friday. “It’s quite undulating – not hilly, but not flat. Not as hilly as the Nationals course [at Celtic Manor this year] was, which I had a really bad time with.

“To be honest, I’ve done 90 per cent of my training the individual pursuit. I’ll do my best, but the individual pursuit was what the Commonwealth Games were all about for me.”

Rowsell’s win in the individual pursuit was her first Games title, which means she has now won gold in the Olympics, World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

She added: “The Games have been my focus for pretty much two years since the Olympics. They pretty close to home for me, being based in Manchester, so it’s not too far away from a home games. I’m pretty pleased to have pulled the gold off.”

Commonwealth Games 2014 time trials
Start and finish: Glasgow Green
Glasgow – East Dunbartonshire – North Lanarkshire – Glasgow
Thursday July 31, 10am-4pm
Men: 40km
Women: 30km